Originally set up in connection with the 2015 Be Clear On Cancer campaign,
it has been decided to continue with this site for further awareness raising campaigns
in particular the recognition of February as Oesophagus Awareness month.
Point To Your Oesophagus (#PTYO)
In 2012, the NHS spent £75,000 on a survey which discovered the majority of people in the UK do not know where their oesophagus is. In response to this, and as a complement to the Be Clear On Cancer campaign in February 2015 to reduce the deaths from Gastroesophageal cancers this page and campaign was created.
Barrett's Oesophagus develops as a result of frequent acid reflux (heartburn) and can be a precursor to cancer.
Click on this link to see why this is so important:
The 2015 Challenge was to take a photo or video of yourself (or get a friend to do it) pointing to the lower end of your oesophagus (at the base of your ribcage), or running the line from your throat to your stomach, and post it on Facebook or Twitter and nominate two or three friends or contacts to do likewise.
February is now recognised as Oesophagus Awareness month when the PTYO t-shirt may be worn to raise awareness.
Charities raising awareness of Barrett's Oesophagus and Oesophageal cancer. (Please scroll down)
Click on their logo for more information about the charity or the donate button to donate to them directly.
Action Against Heartburn is the umbrella organisation for charities raising awareness of, and fighting, oesophageal cancers in UK.
Barrett's Wessex is the largest support charity for patients with Barrett's Oesophagus - covering Southampton, Wessex and beyond and dedicated to saving lives through raising awareness.
Heartburn Cancer UK offers support and information to sufferers of heartburn, Barrett's Oesophagus and cancer of the oesophagus.
the Northern Oesophago Gastric Unit, was developed to treat patients with oesophageal cancers and has developed an internationally recognised expertise.
The Gutsy Group provides support for patients diagnosed with, or recovering from oesophageal cancer from Worcester and Wrexham bases.
Oxfordshire Oesophageal and Stomach Organisation provides support for patients across the Oxfordshire region.
Scottish based group
promoting awareness of oesophageal cancer amongst the public, professionals, politicians and patients.
The Association of Upper GI Surgeons promotes establishment of high quality training programmes throughout the UK
Based in the South East of England to benefit and support OG cancer and surgery patients, their family and friends pre, during and post treatment and aid early awareness through research.
Upper G.I. Blues is a patient and carer support group for people who have been diagnosed with upper gastro-intestinal cancers, based at Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich.