The esophagus and stomach are clearly connected so it’s only fitting that we here at NSFC lend our support to all those battling esophageal cancer, their caregivers and anyone working to save lives and beat this disease.
Esophageal and stomach cancer also have a lot in common. Much like stomach cancer, many esophageal cancer symptoms don’t appear until the cancer is quite advanced. Thus both have a very high mortality rate because it is often not diagnosed until a late stage. They also share the Periwinkle blue color so prominent in awareness campaigns!
Some symptoms of Esophageal cancer mimic those of acid reflux, so many people simply self-medicate with over-the-counter antacids. Additionally, long-term reflux may even cause Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition that raises a person’s risk for cancer significantly.
The National Cancer Institute has a comprehensive page with links to information on causes, screening, treatment and clinical trials. It’s a great starting point for anyone looking to learn more about this condition.
The Esophageal Cancer Action Network aims to raise awareness and calls for the need to get this cancer detected at an earlier stage to improve survival rates.
It began as Dance For the Cure, an idea formed when a then 12-year-old dancer wanted to join her father in his fight with esophageal cancer. You can read the Mordecai family’s story here and be sure to check out all of their efforts in the fight against esophageal cancer.
And please spread the word. You never know when the information you share could save a life!