Colorado’s 5th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run took place on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at O’Kane Park in Lakewood, CO.
Thank you to everyone who signed up, donated, and/or created a fundraising team! Special thank you to our Chapter Representatives and Lead Event Coordinators: Joy, Monica and Lindsey.
In loving memory of Roy Ivan Parrish and all others who have been impacted by this horrific cancer.
Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 733% in the past four decades and is considered the fastest growing cancer in the US and western world.
-Risk factors include:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
- poor nutrition,
- tobacco use,
- excessive alcohol use,
- Barrett’s esophagus.
-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 20.6%.
-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.
-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)
-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 5.7%.
-Despite all of these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.
-In 2022, an estimated 20,640 will be diagnosed and there will be an estimated 16,410 deaths.
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