Oesophageal Cancer is the Sixth most common, Cancer in the UK

  Late Diagnosis costs Lives

We are HCUK - Heartburn Cancer UK

In 2002, Michael McCord died from Oesophageal Cancer. His death, like so many, was Preventable. Had he known at the time about the dangers of Long Term and Persistent Heartburn he could have sought medical help and the outcome might have been completely different. It was his tragic death that brought about the McCord Fund, which has grown today into the national charity, Heartburn Cancer UK (HCUK).

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.

Around 10% (50,000) of those will progress to Oesophageal Cancer

Why Heartburn Cancer UK Exists

As a recognised and trusted authority in the field of Cancer of the Oesophagus, we know that with your help we can make significant inroads in the Prevention, Detection and Treatment of this disease by focussing on 5 key areas of action:  


Education leads to a lasting change. We are working hard to influence public and social policy, to lobby politicians, to campaign for change, to promote greater collaboration amonsgt the medical profession, the public and the government. We are already in the process of developing a network of effective partnerships with businesses, the pharmaceutical industry, medical professionals and other like-minded groups. We intend to affect change and influence how this disease is perceived, detected, diagnosed and treated.


Our aim is to significantly reduce incurable oesophageal cancer in the UK.

Our renowned medical professionals, all experts in the field of oesophageal cancer, will continue to play a key role in research and trials designed to reduce the incidence of this appalling disease.


Early detection rates are vital to ensure a positive outcome. We are creating a communication network to facilitate greater awareness of the importance of diagnosing the disease early, identifying the symptoms associated with the disease and seeking medical help quickly. Oesophageal cancer affects everyone regardless of their race, gender or age.


We will ensure consistent support is available to everyone affected by Barrett’s Oesophagus, regardless of who they are and where they live. Information and advice is available to all those affected by the disease and to the people who support them on our website or by telephone.

We need your help to bring this to the attention of your employees, friends & family or indeed anyone who might suffer from persistent heartburn!

You can make a difference perhaps you know someone who has suffered from persisitent heartburn, Barrett’s Oesophagus or Oesophageal Cancer. Perhaps you run an organisation and would like to help, why not make it your company’s corporate responsibility?


We are not content with standing still, we are determined to develop and grow a sustainable UK charity which continually re-invests to maximise the impact of its resources.

Working with UK businesses and voluntary organisation’s, our outward facing collaborative approach will ensure we are the first place to come to for reliable up to date information about Heartburn, Barrett’s and Oesophageal Cancer.

HCUK - Information Centre

All you need to know about Heartburn, Barrett's Oesophagus, Oesopageal Cancer. If you need support we can offer advice, please contact us on the "Ask our Doctor a Question" form, or you can join one of our Local Support Groups. You can also buy Heartburn Cancer UK Clothing and other HCUK Merchandise to help Raise Awarness and of course we would very much welcome a Donation to keep the charity able to carry on offering free advise and Raising Awareness, Changing the Future and Saving Lives.


HCUK Founder to be part of Grand Challenge

Mimi McCord is part of the team led by Professor Sir Mike Stratton at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute...


John & Chrissy Gorham support HCUK in the London Marathon

I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last month and I am under the care of Tim Underwood and Andrew Bateman at Southampton General...


Lucy’s Challenge

Lucy Luckhurst our inspirational patient who joined us for the HCUK Awareness Day on the 14th December...


Mudathon - A great success

Paragon Building & Project Consultants held their second hugely successful Mudathon on the 23rd September. Thanks to Simon Webster...


Useful Links and Information

A great list of useful links and more information on Barrett's Oesophagus, Heartburn ans Cancer of the Oesophagus...


Want to explain about Heartburn to friends & family?

Here is a presentation to help you. "Heartburn and your Health"...


Trustee conquers Mont Ventoux for HCUK

Read Tim's story and see the video of how he raised funds for HCUK...


All the latest HCUK News & Events

News relating to Heartburn, Barrett's Oesophagus and Oesopageal Cancer...


Supporters & Donors to HCUK

Thank you to all those who continue to support Heartburn Cancer UK...


HCUK Founder helps prepare new NICE guidelines for Oesophageal Cancer

Mimi McCord the founder of HCUK is as a patient representative on NICE...