Cancer of the Oesophagus is a rapidly increasing cancer of great concern in the UK and is now the Sixth greatest cancer killer. Despite the best modern treatments survival from Oesophageal Cancer is appalling. This is mainly due to a diagnosis being made when the condition is too advanced to be treated as the preceding symptoms are few and on the whole ignored. Long Term Persistent Heartburn is a significant symptom of a type of Oesophageal Cancer called Adenocarcinoma and the pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s Oesophagus.
Heartburn affects 1 in 10 of us and is dismissed as being a harmless problem. It is estimated that in the region of 500,000 people in the UK have the pre-cancerous condition, Barrett’s Oesophagus and most are totally unaware of it.