Do you need to worry about Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal Cancer AwarenessApril is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.  Please see the Esophageal Cancer Action Network or ECAN.ORG for more information on this important awareness campaign.

As many as 15 million Americans experience the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn every single day. Frequent or persistent heartburn (two or more times per week) or Acid reflux disease (GERD) typically causes stomach acids to enter back into the esophagus, that over time, produces cellular changes that can ultimately lead to cancer.

About three million Americans currently have Barrett’s Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition that results in as much as a 125-fold increase in an individual’s chance of developing esophageal cancer from acid continually refluxing into the esophagus.

Often esophageal cancer is not discovered until it has reached very advanced stages and when the treatment outcomes and options are very limited.

The good news is that new medical techniques have been developed that can virtually cure patients if their condition is found early in its progression. ECAN is working to help educate people that heartburn suffers are at a greater risk of developing Esophageal Cancer – early detection and lifestyle changes like sleeping head elevated with Gravity1st™ help save lives.

If you currently suffer from frequent heartburn, talk with your doctor about diagnostic procedures to determine if you are at risk for esophageal cancer. It’s the fastest growing cancer in America.  Don’t become a statistic – get checked out now.