The first of our three core missions is to:
Esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) is considered the fastest growing cancer in the Untied States. Since the 1970s, there has been over a 600% increase in diagnosis of esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer is also one of the deadliest cancers as survival rates of esophageal cancer are extremely low. Patients diagnosed with Stage IV face a daunting survival rate of only 3.8%. Unfortunately, the overall 5 year survival rate is 17.5%.
There are better treatment options for early esophageal cancer diagnosis. Advanced esophageal cancer is difficult, if not almost impossible, to cure and treatments are usually directed towards relieving cancer symptoms in attempts to improve the quality of life.
There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in the earlier stages, when the tumors can be treated. Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) typically do not arise until the cancer has become advanced.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation strongly believes that educating the public regarding prevention methods and the risk factors associated with esophageal cancer will tremendously help to reduce the amount of esophageal cancer diagnosis and deaths.
In order to save lives, we must encourage patients to speak with their doctors regarding lifestyle changes to help lower their risk of developing esophageal cancer.
For those patients with a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, we wish to empower them to insist on early screening tests which can help save their lives. Read more about our next core mission “Encourage Early Detection” by clicking here.
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