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April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month- Ways to Help

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation has worked with Representative Patricia Serpa and The State of Rhode Island to have April recognized as “Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.”

Throughout this month, we have worked tiredlessly to raise awareness and funding for awareness, early detection and research of esophageal cancer in hopes of a cure.There are many other ways you can get involved in our battle against the fastest increasing cancer diagnosis in the United States:

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation- Periwinkle Ribbon

Periwinkle is the official color for esophageal cancer awareness.

Donate:  Your tax deductible donation will ensure that we have the resources available to spread awareness and support research for this horrific disease.  We have a safe and secure online pay pal account on our site.  Use this site to make an online donation today!

Events:  Attend, volunteer or sponsor one of our upcoming events and become directly involved in supporting cancer research.  Remember to register today for our 1st annual ‘Esophageal Cancer Walk’ on June 16th! http://salgiwalk.eventbrite.com  We are also now accepting sponsorships.  Email salgifoundation@gmail.com for more information!

Your Stories:  Unfortunately, cancer has affected almost everyone.  Wheteher you share a story of your experiences with esophageal cancer or any other cancers or diseases; you will help to spread awareness and understanding for others who may be going through the same ordeal.  “Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”  –Blaise Pascal

Awareness: Wear perwinkle as it is the official color of esophageal cancer awareness.  Include a perwinkle ribbon on your social media accounts, photos, email signatures and mailings.  Learn the facts of esophageal cancer and share your knowledge with others.

Facts about Esophageal Cancer:

• Esophageal adenocarcinoma is the fastest growing cancer in the western world.

• There are no known underlying causes for esophageal cancer, just risk factors.

• Frequent heartburn, smoking, obesity and excessive drinking are major risk factors.

• Almost all cases of esophageal cancer are fatal.

• Someone in the U.S. dies of esophageal cancer every 36 minutes.

• Many die of esophageal cancer within the first year of noticing symptoms.

• Patients whose esophageal cancer have spread only receive treatment towards relieving symptoms, not towards curing the cancer.

• Esophageal cancer survivors often suffer a lower quality of life after surgery.

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