GERD Awareness Week: November 20-26, 2022

November 22, 2022

“The Dangerous Link Between Chronic Reflux and Esophageal Cancer.”

Each year, the week of Thanksgiving is also dedicated to bringing awareness to a growing disease which affects roughly 20% of Americans.  That disease is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Also known as acid reflux disease, GERD is a condition of the digestive system, which has increased significantly in recent decades.  GERD is also a primary risk factor for esophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. Esophageal cancer, like GERD, has also increased significantly in past decades. In fact, incidence of esophageal cancer has risen over 733% in the past four decades and has only an overall five-year survival rate of approximately 19.9%.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit, which has funded two grants for esophageal cancer research (one in July, 2015 and another in November, 2018) and opened the Grant Program again in November 2022, is working once again to bring awareness of the dangerous link between GERD and esophageal cancer.  While GERD has many symptoms, the most common symptom is heartburn.

Heartburn does not typically cause major concern, as billions of Americans experience it at some point in their lives. However, persistent heartburn, which occurs two or more times a week, should not be taken lightly, as it could be a symptom of the disease.

President of The Salgi Foundation, Linda Molfesi, said, “my father suffered from chronic heartburn for years and was never warned by doctors of the possible risks. We found out too late, once he started having difficulty swallowing, that his chronic reflux had led to esophageal cancer.” Molfesi continued, “My father passed away a little over a year after he was diagnosed and it was, and still is, devastating.”

Esophageal cancer, which, when caught in advanced stages, is very difficult to treat and has a poor survival rate. Esophageal cancer has few, if any, early symptoms. Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, chronic cough or hoarseness, food getting stuck or choking while eating often occur once the cancer has spread and reaches an advanced stage.  There are currently no routine or standard screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages.   The foundation is hoping to help change that, awarding $62,597 in November, 2018, to researchers at Virginia Mason Medical Center who are currently developing a breath test for detecting esophageal cancer earlier.

Molfesi encourages those who suffer from chronic reflux to be proactive about their health, stating “never ignore frequent heartburn or other symptoms and never rely on medications alone. Talk to your primary care doctor about all of your options, especially how you can get screened for any possible damage.”

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation:  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer in hopes of a cure.™  The charity has hosted events in Rhode Island, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, Kentucky, New York City, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maine, New Jersey and Illinois, with additional locations currently in the planning stages. These events gave rise to chapters in St. Louis, Missouri; Arvada, Colorado and Brooklyn, New York.

Learn the Facts About Esophageal Cancer:

  • No standard or routine screening to detect cancer in earlier stages
  • One of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the US and western world
  • Symptoms often arise once the cancer has spread
  • Research receives low government and/or private funding
  • In 2022, estimated 20,640 diagnoses and 16,410 deaths from the cancer.
  • Overall five-year survival rate of 20.6 %.
  • Stage IV has a survival rate of only 5.7%.

Esophageal Cancer Risk Factors:

  • Acid reflux disease-GERD (chronic heartburn)
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Poor nutrition
  • Heavy drinking
  • Tobacco use
  • Barrett’s esophagus

Common Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer:

  • Painful/difficulty swallowing
  • Food getting stuck
  • Weight loss
  • Hoarseness or cough
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Pain behind breastbone or pain in back

For more information, please visit: SALGI.org/GERD

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Content found on Salgi.org is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


Thank You! St. Louis, MO 6th Annual Billy Bob Trot- Esophageal Cancer Awareness & Research

November 10, 2022

St. Louis, MO 6th Annual Billy Bob Trot- Esophageal Cancer Awareness & Research took place on Saturday, October 7, 2022.

Thank you to all who signed up, everyone who created a team, everyone who created a fundraiser, and to everyone who donated.

Special thank you to our Lead Event Coordinator Stacey for all of her hard work and dedication to this cause! In loving memory of her father, William!

Thank you, in-kind sponsors:


Michael Sturgeon, Mortgage Advisor with Mason Mortgage Advisors ​

Brandon Phillips

Randy’s Jewelry in O’Fallon, MO

Hendel’s Market Cafe 

Enlighten Functional Medicine

Brittny Wear and Sorelle Beauty Suites

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Theresa Coggins Englert: Curve’s Raffle Basket

Yuppy Puppies Forever Rescue 

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the event! Remember to like and share!

Visit our YouTube page to view the video slideshow from the event. Remember to subscribe and share!

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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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Esophageal Cancer Research Update

November 10, 2022

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is preparing to open our Grant Program once again! Once the Grant Program is open, researchers will be invited to submit proposals for esophageal cancer research funding.

The more funding we raise, the more funding we can grant to worthy and potentially life-saving research. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was established in November 2011. Since then, we have funded research in 2015 and 2018.

Due to the tumultuous past two years, we have been unable to fund research again…until now! Stay tuned as we continue to work to open the Grant Program!

Thank you to all our community of supporters who have tirelessly worked alongside us to achieve these goals…in hopes of a CURE™!

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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.

Please remember to like and share our Facebook page!

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.


Thank You! Brooklyn, NY 4th Annual Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk

September 30, 2022
Photo via: Dara M.

Brooklyn, NY 4th Annual Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk took place on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY.

Thank you to everyone who signed up, donated, and/or created a fundraising team!

Special thank you to our Chapter Representative, Dara for her hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to this mission in loving memory of her father, Joe M.

Thank you to our sponsor:

State Senator Andrew Gounardes

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors:

The Inn at Fox Hollow

Realtor Reeves Eisen

Rojoe Reusable Metal Coffee Filter

#SalgiRunWalkNYC

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the event! Remember to like and share!

Visit our YouTube page to view the video slideshow from the event. Remember to subscribe and share!

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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.

Please remember to like and share our Facebook page!


Thank You! Colorado’s 5th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

September 30, 2022
Photo via: Parrish/Winn Family

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.

#SalgiWalkRunCO

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the event! Remember to like and share!

Visit our YouTube page to view the video slideshow from the event. Remember to subscribe and share!

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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.

Please remember to like and share our Facebook page!


Got GERD? Chronic Reflux Linked To Esophageal Cancer Risk

September 8, 2022

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a risk factor of esophageal cancer, is also known as acid reflux disease. GERD occurs when stomach acids flow backwards into the esophagus. The culprit? Your lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is a ring of muscle that opens to allow food and drink to pass into the stomach from the mouth.

A normal functioning LES then closes to keep those contents inside the stomach to allow for digestion. When the LES is damaged, it becomes weak and relaxes, allowing stomach acids and contents to flow back up into the esophagus. This “reflux” symptom is known as heartburn.

While not all GERD sufferers experience this symptom (heartburn), people who do suffer from heartburn more than twice a week should speak with their doctor.

Overtime, the reflux of stomach acids damages the lining of the esophageal wall and can cause the cells to become abnormal and potentially lead to serious health problems including Barrett’s esophagus and/or esophageal cancer.

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There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages, when the tumors can be better treated. Unfortunately, symptoms such as difficulty swallowing and food getting stuck typically appear once the cancer has spread. When esophageal cancer is diagnosed at later stages, there is a poor survival rate, as treatment options are limited and mostly used to treat cancer symptoms, not towards curing the cancer. Stage IV has a survival rate of less than 6%. The earlier esophageal cancer is detected, the better chances for survival.

It is imperative that people speak to with their doctor about tests to screen for esophageal cancer. Remember, early detection saves lives!  Feel free to share this information with your family and friends. We’ve included social media buttons below to make sharing simple.

Donations are what fuel awareness programs and research projects working to find a cure for esophageal cancer.  All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online.

Click here to make a one-time or recurring donation.  Thank you in advance for joining us in this mission to save lives and find a cure!

—Sources:

Cancer.gov

Cancer.org

RefluxMD.com  

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

Content found on Salgi.org is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


Thank You! 2nd Annual Virtual Frank Pasquerella Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

July 18, 2022

The 2nd Annual Virtual Frank Pasquerella Memorial Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run took place on on Saturday, August 6 until Sunday, August 7, 2022. The event was hosted by The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.

The 2nd Annual Virtual Frank Pasquerella Memorial Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run is in honor of Frank Pasquerella—husband, father, son, brother, friend, teacher, and mentor—who passed away from stage IV esophageal cancer. Frank’s wife, Maria is the lead event coordinator of the event.

Maria’s Story:

Frank’s journey with this illness was typical of many who suffer from this disease. The worrisome signs (hoarseness, heartburn, hiccupping, reflux and difficulty breathing) were misdiagnosed, and it was only after Frank began having difficulty swallowing that an endoscopy was scheduled. A biopsy of the tumor resulted in a diagnosis of esophageal cancer on February 18, 2020, and, like many people, the remaining course of this disease was swift, and he passed away on August 7, 2020.

Frank lived his last days with grit and grace, but also with the awareness of a life well lived and a recognition of what he achieved. Frank had an accomplished 28-year career as a high school band director, teaching hundreds of students who fondly referred to him as “Mr. P.” When not at school, Frank pursued his varied interests such as biking, golfing, following NASCAR, Drum Corps, and, most importantly, supporting and fostering his daughters’ Irish dance and musical talents. His passion for teaching and mentoring, famously quick wit and dry sense of humor, keen intellect, and love for his family and friends, will be his lasting legacy.

Through this annual Frank Pasquerella Memorial Walk/Run, our family would like to spread awareness of esophageal cancer, advocate for those families facing this disease, and raise money to help fund research.

The 2nd Annual Virtual Frank Pasquerella Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run will benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™

In 2015, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was able to award esophageal cancer research funding for the very first time. Then in November, 2018, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded esophageal cancer research funding for the second time! This research is currently underway!

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation has also raised national AND international awareness since 2011. Your continued support directly impacts and sustains this mission!

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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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To view the video slideshow from the 2022 event, click here.


Esophageal cancer: What are the symptoms and major risk factors?

July 15, 2022

Esophageal cancer has risen over 733% in the past four decades and is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States and western world. Esophageal has an overall five-year survival rate of 20.6% and stage IV has a survival rate of only 5.7%. There are no routine or standard screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages.

Risk factors

While there are no known underlying causes of esophageal cancer, there are certain risk factors which can increase the chances of developing esophageal cancer.

Signs and Symptoms

Unfortunately, esophageal cancer is often detected late as symptoms typically arise once the cancer grows and becomes more advanced. Remember, there are no routine screenings for esophageal cancer. Knowing the signs and symptoms is imperative. You should see your doctor immediately if you notice any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing),
  • Chronic heartburn or indigestion,
  • Frequent choking while eating,
  • Chest pain, pressure or burning,
  • Unexplained weight loss,
  • Cough or hoarseness,
  • Vomiting,
  • Coughing up blood.

Awareness & Early Detection

Having one or all of the risk factors does not mean that one will develop esophageal cancer.  Also, not having any risk factors does not mean that one will never develop esophageal cancer.   Raising awareness of risk factors associated with esophageal cancer is one way to help reduce the incidence of an esophageal cancer diagnosis.  People who are considered to be at an elevated risk should speak with their doctor immediately about getting screened as early as possible.  Experts agree that early detection can improve the chances of survival if cancer is found in the esophagus.   There are also more treatment options available for early esophageal cancer and better outcomes.

Learn what tests are used to screen for esophageal cancer.

While we have an obligation to post the information on our website so that we can acquire the resources to change these statistics, we want to encourage those who are affected not to focus on the figures and rates and instead focus on treatment, receiving support from family and friends and taking each moment as it comes. Have faith and be strong!  To all who, like us, have lost a loved one to esophageal cancer, thank you for helping to make a difference in their memory!  

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. Content found on Salgi.org is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thank you! 2022 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

July 14, 2022

The 2022 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run took place on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2022. Thank you to everyone who signed up, donated, and/or created a fundraising team!

Special thank you to our sponsors:

Balise Toyota of Warwick

Washington Trust

Cross Insurance, Inc- Rhode Island

CSL Plasma Warwick

Thank you, in-kind sponsors!

Jersey Mike’s

Mary Ruth’s Organics

True Leaf Market

Manitoba Harvest

Dave’s Marketplace

Park Seed

trücup coffee

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company

Orgain

Jerry’s Supermarket

Baker Creek Seed

Pepsi

Trader Joe’s

Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses

The 2022 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run was hosted by The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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 19.9%.

-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 5.2%.

-In 2022, an estimated 20,640 will be diagnosed and there will be an estimated 16,410 deaths.

-Despite all of these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.  

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Thank you! Rhode Island’s 11th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

July 14, 2022

Rhode Island’s 11th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run took place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Warwick City Park.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation would like to thank you everyone who signed up, donated, and/or created a fundraising team!

Special thank you to our sponsors:

Balise Toyota of Warwick

Washington Trust

Cross Insurance, Inc- Rhode Island

CSL Plasma Warwick

Thank you, in-kind sponsors!

Jersey Mike’s

Mary Ruth’s Organics

True Leaf Market

Manitoba Harvest

Dave’s Marketplace

Park Seed

trücup coffee

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company

Orgain

Jerry’s Supermarket

Baker Creek Seed

Pepsi

Trader Joe’s

Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses

Rhode Island’s 11th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run is hosted by The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™

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),
  • obesity,
  • 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 19.9%.

-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 5.2%.

-In 2022, an estimated 20,640 will be diagnosed and there will be an estimated 16,410 deaths.

-Despite all of these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.  

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