Cancer roadshow to visit Wallsend

A roadshow is visiting the borough to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal or stomach cancer.

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow will be at the Forum Shopping Centre, in Wallsend, on Wednesday, January 28, and the following day.

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.

Figures have revealed that nationally 55 per cent would visit their doctor if they had heartburn most days for three weeks or more.

The most recent data reveals that in North Tyneside around 60 people are diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer each year, with approximately 40 people dying from these diseases in North Tyneside.

Another symptom highlighted by the campaign is that of difficulty swallowing food, with 70 per cent not knowing food sticking in the throat could be a sign of cancer.

The roadshows aim to improve awareness that heartburn for three weeks or more is an early symptom of oesophageal or stomach cancer and those who notice it, should see their doctor without delay.

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, 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 is a great way for individuals from the local area to become more aware about oesophago-gastric cancers so they can spot key symptoms of the disease.

“The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival.”

For further information about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers, visit nhs.uk/ogcancer