Be Clear on Cancer oesophago-gastric cancer roadshow to visit Bristol next week

Event aims to raise awareness that heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer

A Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is set to visit Bristol next week to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers. In particular, the roadshow aims to increase understanding that heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer and anyone who notices the symptoms should see their doctor.

The most recent data reveals that in Bristol, 88 people are diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer (also known as oesophago-gastric cancers) each year, and approximately 64 people die from these diseases annually.

A new survey commissioned by Public Health England has found that nationally only 1 in 2 people (55%) would visit their doctor if they had heartburn most days for three weeks or more.

According to the survey, 59% of respondents did not know that heartburn could be a sign of cancer with just 15% saying they were certain that it is a symptom.

Another symptom highlighted by the roadshow is that of difficulty swallowing food. Here the survey found that 70% did not know food sticking in the throat could be a sign of cancer and just 13% of those surveyed said they were sure it is a symptom.

Early diagnosis is crucial: around 67% of people diagnosed with oesophago-gastric cancers at the earliest stage survive for at least five years. This figure drops to around 3% for those diagnosed at a late stage.

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow has been visiting shopping centres across England since 28 January and will be in Bristol on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February at the Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Knowle.

At the event, leaflets will be distributed that provide information on oesophago-gastric cancers and a nurse will also be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions.

Dr Shona Arora, Centre Director for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Public Health England Centre said:

“People may be reluctant to visit their doctor about persistent heartburn, thinking that it’s something they just have to live with, but heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of cancer.

“The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow in Bristol is a great way for individuals from the local area to find out more about the signs and symptoms of oesophago-gastric cancers. The earlier these cancers are diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival.“

For further information about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers, click here.

 

Representatives from the CCG will be at the Devizes Area Board meeting on 24 November, which is being held at the Town Hall, St John’s Street, Devizes SN10 1BN.

As well as a Health Fair, which starts at 4.30pm, the CCG will be on hand to talk to you about the Better Care Plan and update you on our work.

Wiltshire Council Area Board – Devizes

Representatives from the CCG will be at the next Area Board meeting, which is being held in Melksham Assembly Hall on Wednesday 15 October, between 4.30pm and 8.30pm.

Come along and hear about the Better Care Plan and talk to health experts, learn about leading a healthier lifestyle and about how your CCG is working to provide the right healthcare for you, with you and near your.

Representatives from the CCG will be at the next Area Board meeting, which is being held in Downton, Salisbury, on Monday 13 October, between 6pm and 8.30pm.

Come along and hear about the Better Care Plan and talk to health experts, learn about leading a healthier lifestyle and about how your CCG is working to provide the right healthcare for you, with you and near your.

There will be an Area Board meeting in Westbury on Thursday 9 October between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.  It is being held at The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury BA13 3EN.

Representatives from the CCG will be in attendance so come along and see us.  We will be talking about our Better Care Plan and there will be a Health Fair, where you can pick up a copy of our Annual Report and Accounts along with other goodies.

Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be at Amesbury Village Hall on 2 October at the Area Board meeting.  There will also be a stall at the Health Fair, which runs between 4 and 8pm, where you can pick up information about the CCG including copies of our Annual Report and Accounts.

For more information see here.

Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be at the Marlborough Area Board on 30 September.  It starts at 5.30pm and runs until 8.30pm and is being held at Marlborough Town Hall, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1AA.

There will be a Health Fair, which is open throughout the event, and a presentation on the Better Care Fund by the CCG between 7 and 7.30pm.

Representatives from Wiltshire Council will also be there.

For more information see Wiltshire Council’s website.