About HCUK - Heartburn Cancer UK
You are probably only reading this because either you or someone close to you has the condition or - even worse - where Barrett's has progressed to cancer.
So you have already discovered the problem caused by the lack of 'profile' and 'awareness' of the condition.
Of 100 people with heartburn 10 will unknowingly have Barrett’s oesophagus
50,000 people with Barrett’s will progress to Cancer
Only 13% will live for more than 5 years after diagnosis
Raising awareness, changing the future - Heartburn Cancer UK (HCUK).
Our current target is to raise £150k. This will enable us to promote Greater Awareness and provide consistent Support for Barrett’s sufferers, and anyone concerned about Persistent Heartburn or those wishing to know more about the condition.
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.
10% of all GP consultations are about gasto-intestinal problems
More ant- acids are sold in the UK than aspirin
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 amongst 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 effect 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 persistent 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 organisations' 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 allow the charity to carry on offering free advise, Raising Awareness, Changing the Future and Saving Lives.