50,000 people with Barrett's Oesophagus will progress to Cancer. 

  Late Diagnosis Costs Lives.

HCUK Awareness Day 2015

HCUK Awareness Day - 14th December 2015 - Raising awareness changing the future

HCUK Awareness Day

The Awareness Day held by HCUK on Monday 14th December was an overwhelming success. The event quickly became 'national' across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland, with radio interviews being given by Tim Underwood, Lucy Luckhurst and Mimi McCord throughout the day.

Lucy and Tim awareness dat radio station

Lucy was a wonderful addition to the team as she was able to speak from a patients perspective having had surgery for oesophago-gastric cancer two years ago. Tim Underwood was her surgeon.

We had five teams of three working their way round Kings Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross stations handing out our awareness information to commuters during the rush hour.

Train station and Bus

The Battle Bus collected the workers before heading to Trafalgar Square and then Leadenhall Market for further distribution of awareness information.

HCUK awareness day

The final destination were the Houses of Parliament where we parked in Old Palace Yard. Thanks to The Rt Hon Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke, Thames TV arrived to interview Mimi McCord before Maria gave her own view to the presenter of the importance of the Awareness Day.

HCUK Bus at the Houses of Parliment

Various MPs came to visit us on the Battle Bus, which enabled us to reiterate what we were doing, and why it was so important to raise awareness of persistent heartburn.

House of parliement

We are extremely grateful for the support given to us by The Rt Hon Maria Miller who enabled us to inform every MP in England of the Awareness Day and encouraged as many MPs as possible to visit us on the Battle Bus. We would also like to thank her staff for their time and support.

Without the very generous support of Medtronic the Heartburn Cancer Awareness Day on the 14th December 2015 would not have taken place. The Trustees of HCUK are extremely grateful to the Medtronic organisation and those directly involved in making this day possible.

HCUK - Heartburn Cancer UK is committed in the fight against Oesophageal Cancer and Barrett's Oesophagus.

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.

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