GP: ‘early diagnosis key with oesophagogastric cancer’ – Video

A campaign is being launched across the north east to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancer.

These types of cancer together are called oesophagogastric cancer and they’re estimated to cause 10,000 deaths nationally each year with some of the highest rates of cancer being in parts of the north of England and Scotland.

Oesophagogastric cancer refers to cancer of the stomach and cancer of the oesophagus, the long tube (gullet) that carries food from the throat to the stomach.

There is a lack of awareness generally about the main symptoms, which include indigestion or heartburn for three weeks or more and difficulty swallowing food.

Early detection of oesophagogastric cancer can make it more treatable and an estimated 950 lives every year could be saved if England’s survival rates matched the best in Europe for this sort of cancer.

It affects both men and women, although men are more frequently affected, and nine out of ten people diagnosed with this form of cancer are over 55.

The oesophagogastric campaign is part of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign which aims to help people identify these warning signs as early as possible and to encourage them to visit their GP to be checked out and NewsGuardianTV’s been speaking to Dr Duncan Leith, a GP from Cramlington, about oesophagogastric cancer...