Rhode Island recognizes April as “Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month” for the second year

This is the second year that Rhode Island has recognized April as “Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.”  This resolution was obtained through the efforts of The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a Rhode Island based 501(c) (3) nonprofit charity and Representative Patricia Serpa (D – Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).

Esophageal adenocarcinoma is amongst the fastest growing cancers. While many other types of cancers have stabilized or decreased, esophageal cancer has dramatically increased in the number of those affected by more than 400% in the past 20 years.

With risk factors which include acid reflux, obesity, smoking and excessive drinking, esophageal cancer is too often diagnosed in its later stages, which causes an alarming number of cases to be fatal.

“It is important to bring awareness about this terrible disease not only in April, but throughout the year.  We are working tirelessly to eventually have April named Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month throughout the United States,” The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.

“There is too little known about esophageal cancer.  There is an astonishing lack of research regarding esophageal cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.”   “The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation believes that it is imperative that we receive the assistance of community members, public leaders and medical professionals to change the course of this cancer and save lives.”

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Rep. Patricia Serpa with members of The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation at the Rhode Island State House in April 2012.

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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation: Established in Rhode Island on November 21, 2011 in order to raise awareness, encourage early detection and support research in hopes of a cure for esophageal cancer. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, visit: www.salgi.org

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