Be clear on cancer
Do you suffer from heartburn? If you have it most days for three weeks or more it could be a sign of cancer. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but finding it early makes it more treatable. Even if you’re taking medicine and it seems to help, you still need to see your doctor.
Cancer Research is running a campaign aimed at men and women to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of oesophageal cancer/stomach cancer and when you should go to the doctors.
Around 12,900 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer each year in England - tell your doctor if you are suffering from the symptoms.
Other symptoms of oesophageal or stomach cancer may include:
• food feeling like its sticking in your throat when you swallow
• indigestion on and off for three weeks or more
• losing weight for no obvious reason
• trapped wind and frequent burping
• feeling full very quickly when eating
• feeling bloated after eating
• nausea or vomiting
• pain or discomfort in your upper tummy area
If you have any of these symptoms, tell your doctor and if your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor – they will want to know. If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.
Watch the Be Clear on Cancer TV advert for oesophago-gastric cancer: