Mobile unit for esophageal and stomach cancer awareness

Charity will travel across NI to encourage patients and professionals to catch up early

OG Cancer has launched its new mobile unit to raise awareness of esophageal and stomach cancer at an event in Stormont that will see his signature car on the first of many trips across Northern Ireland.

Vehicle financing was provided by the National Community Lottery Fund, which was made possible by National Lottery players.

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With support from this fund, and additional support from Ford, the truck will support those already receiving treatment, people concerned about symptoms or those who have recently been diagnosed.

With about 400 people diagnosed each year, it’s important to make sure people know what to look for, said Helen Setterfield MBE, president of OG Cancer NI.

“I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer 18 years ago,” she said. “I am only here today because I have had the opportunity to ‘catch it early’. However, this type of cancer is very aggressive. I have seen first-hand the difference in the cancer journey for patients diagnosed at an early stage.”

In addition to the mobile unit, supported by National Lottery funding and funds raised by supporters, OG Cancer will launch a customized advertising campaign on radio, various digital platforms and ADshel bus shelters, ensuring that the association’s message reaches the largest number of people. possible. people possible.

The campaign aims to improve the prognosis of patients in Northern Ireland, raise awareness of esophageal cancer and encourage people to note symptoms and seek advice from your GP as soon as possible before cancer develops. It does not spread.

Health Minister Robin Swan said: “Early diagnosis is key to treating this disease, so raising awareness of the symptoms of esophageal and stomach cancer is essential. For anyone concerned or worried, please speak to your doctor.

“This new mobile unit will not only help raise awareness but will also be a very important source of support for people in Northern Ireland who have been diagnosed with this type of cancer.”

The campaign will also raise awareness of esophageal cancer across the medical and care professions.

Stewart Dickson MLA is hosting the event to launch this new initiative, himself an esophageal cancer survivor, who urged people to know what to watch out for.

He declared, “Symptoms of esophageal and stomach cancer include persistent heartburn, acid reflux that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, sudden weight loss, spitting up, or hiccups that do not go away.” “Personally, I know how important it is to find this type of cancer early.”

According to the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, only 10.4% of patients with upper GI cancer are diagnosed in the early stage. The five-year survival rate for those diagnosed in the early stage is 68%, compared to 2% for those diagnosed in the fourth stage.

Lianne Molloy, 37, mother of two and esophageal cancer survivor. Commenting on the new OG Cancer campaign, she said: “The campaign is amazing. Esophageal cancer is not common, and I had never heard of it before my condition was diagnosed.

“If you google it, the stats show older men, so it’s very important to publish that, to people and GPs. We should know that anyone can get it.

Lian stressed the importance of taking action if you notice symptoms. “If you have symptoms, get them checked,” she said, adding, “Don’t keep taking the tablets if the hiccups or belching are persistent. Go see your doctor. That’s what doctors are for.”

Adrian Hill, 55, who is also an esophageal cancer survivor and runs a cancer support group at his local church in his spare time, joined forces with Lynn in stressing the importance of getting diagnosed early.

“I was fortunate to be in the minority of people who qualify for surgery because I was diagnosed so early,” Adrian said.

“If I see someone with persistent acidity, I would encourage them to see a doctor. If you have symptoms, see a doctor and follow them for an endoscopy.

This latest initiative will provide much needed awareness to people who have not heard of the disease before. Not only will this help increase awareness, but it will also provide essential support in hard-to-reach areas.

“As a surgeon who treats patients with stomach and esophageal cancer, I cannot stress enough the vital role OG Cancer NI plays with my patients,” said Dr. Andrew Kennedy, Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon.

Kate Biggs, director of the Northern Ireland National Lottery Community Trust, said:

“We look forward to seeing the difference that the £100,823 National Lottery scholarship will make for local people, and raising awareness of Organo Gold cancer symptoms through this dedicated campaign, helping to improve early detection and survival rates across Northern Ireland. Kudos to all involved.

“Thanks to the players of the National Lottery, more than £30m is raised every week for causes as good as this across the UK.”

OG Cancer’s new mobile unit will ensure that rural areas, as well as urban centres, can be targeted. The van can be located at various locations and can be booked for major events across the country.

If you would like to participate in volunteering or organizing an event that the OG Mobile Cancer Unit can attend, please contact us at info@ogcancerni.com.

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