World Barrett's Day is 16th May, the birthday of Norman Barrett who gave his name to the condition.
We need to raise awareness of Barrett's
because prevention is better than cure!
The campaign has its own website here: www.BarrettsEsophagus.org
The first World Barrett's Day was celebrated on 16 May 2020 with groups participating in UK, Ireland, USA, Spain and Mexico.
We hope and expect more groups to join in in future years.
The invitation goes specifically to all the charity members of Action Against Heartburn, especially
Barrett's Wessex and its affiliated groups
Oesophageal Cancer Fund in Ireland
Asenbar in Spain and Mexico
and, from USA:
Please let us know if there are other organisations worldwide missing from this list, whom we may invite.
The focus is Barrett's Oesophagus rather than oesophageal cancer:
"We will die with Barrett's, not because of Barrett's!"*
* N.B. This is an aspiration, although unlikely, we cannot provide a 100% guarantee those diagnosed with Barrett's and following normal medication and surveillance regimen will not develop oesophageal adenocarcinoma.
This is being jointly promoted by the Spanish charity, Asenbar, the UK patient support charity, Barrett's Wessex and Barrett's Oesophagus UK, the oldest of the Barrett's charities that maintains the UK Barrett's Oesophagus Registry.
Barrett's Wessex: Our principal aim is to reduce the number of deaths to oesophageal cancer through raising awareness of its potentially pre-cancerous lesion, Barrett's Oesophagus.