As many of you know I lost my father in 2012 to this horrible disease. In his memory I will be walking with others who have also lost a loved one -to raise money for SALGI Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 600% and is considered the fastest growing cancer in the US.
-Risk factors include:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
obesity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, Barrett’s esophagus.
-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.8%.
-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.
-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)
-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 4.6%.
-Despite all of these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.