From Tragedy to Hope: Family Affected by

April 10, 2013

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

March 13, 2013

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:

Esophageal Cancer Warning Signs

January 7, 2013

Diane Sawyer of ABC News discusses the dangerous warning signs associated with Esophageal Cancer.

Click here to watch the video.





Esophageal Cancer Warning Signs
ABC News, Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America
Original Air Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Tips to manage GERD

November 21, 2012

Learn how to enjoy the holidays and all of the delicious food while managing your acid reflux. Here are a few tips for you to take with you to the Thanksgiving dinner table:

1. Limit beverage consumption while eating. Sometimes fluids can cause more gas in the stomach when combined with food intake. Try to drink after you are done eating.

2. Sit upright for several hours after you’ve eaten. Or even better, take a family stroll around the neighborhood to help settle your stomach and aid digestion.

3. Avoid excess alcohol consumption. There are some people however who should avoid all alcohol consumption as even the smallest amounts can cause acid reflux. Know your body and plan accordingly.

4. Don’t over-eat. Ask for a smaller plate, take a small sample from each dish and load up on your “safe” foods that you’ve predetermined do not cause you acid reflux. Is having that second helping of pumpkin pie worth the hours of pain and misery due to the acid reflux afterwards?

5. Chew slowly. Help your digestive system by chewing every bite slowly and thoroughly. Put your fork down in between bites to help remind yourself to go slow while eating.

From all of your friends at The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


“Dietary acrylamide (chips, french fries, bread, etc.) has been linked to esophageal cancer…”

November 4, 2012

The following post is from Dr. Mike Lustgarten , Scientist from Tufts University.  Dr. Lustgarten explains the link between certain cancers, including esophageal cancer and dietary acrylamide, a chemical compound found in most foods.   Research shows that acrylamide has been found to in many cooked starchy foods and as a possible carcinogen, it has even caused cancer when administererd to lab rats in high dose experiemnts. (Source)

“In an earlier article I wrote about how cooking foods at a high temperature (greater than 250ºF, including frying, baking, roasting and grilling) produces the neurotoxic and carcinogenic compound, acrylamide ( However, the adverse effects of acrylamide that I discussed were solely based on rodent studies. In this follow-up article, I’ll comprehensively discuss the evidence relating dietary acrylamide with human cancer.

Before introducing the data, it’s important to note that dietary acrylamide intake in all of the studies discussed below were calculated based on food frequency questionnaires. The highest acrylamide consuming group was approximately 40 µg/day, in comparison with low consumers of dietary acrymaide, ~10 µg /day. Without a doubt these values for dietary acrylamide intake are underestimated-for example, 1 ounce of Pringles potato chips contains 70 µg of acrylamide, and the commonly thought of as “healthier chips”, Baked Lays has 31µg/ounce (1 bag of chips).

 Esophageal cancer   One small study (987 subjects) found a 23% increased risk for esophageal cancer, and an 88% increased risk in those with a BMI greater than 25. In two other studies (Pellucchi et al. 2006, Hogervorst et al. 2008), no association between dietary acrylamide and esophageal cancer was found.

Head-neck cancer  Increased risk for oral-cavity cancer in female non-smokers in a large study (121,000 subjects; Schouten et al. 2009) was found. No association for oral cavity, pharynx or larynx cancer in a smaller study (1500-6000 subjects; Pellucchi et al. 2006)

Kidney Cancer   Although risk of kidney cancer was significantly increased by 59%, it appears as if this data was skewed by smokers. In non-smokers, risk of kidney cancer was not significant (Pellucchi et al. 2006). No association between dietary acrylamide and risk of kidney cancer was also identified in three additional studies (Mucci et al. 2003, Mucci et al. 2004, Pellucchi et al. 2007).

Gastric, Colon, Rectal cancer   A small study with 1129 subjects found a 40% decreased risk of large bowel cancer (Mucci et al. 2003). Four studies have not found a similar association (Pellucchi et al. 2006, Mucci et al. 2006, Hogervorst et al. 2008, Larsson et al. 2009).

Lung Cancer   A 55% decreased risk of lung cancer, in women was identified by Hogervorst et al. (2009).

Bladder cancer   Significant only in smokers, as 15+ cigarettes/day significantly increased risk of bladder cancer in those with the highest dietary acrylamide intake, relative to the lowest intake (Hogervorst et al. 2008).

Blood cancer   Multiple myeloma and follicular myeloma were found to be significantly increased by 14% and 28% for every 10 µg increment in dietary acrylamide (Bongers et al. 2012).

Breast Cancer  Six large epidemiological studies (ranging from 33,000-120,000 subjects) and 1 smaller study (1500-6000 subjects) investigated the association between dietary acrylamide and breast cancer risk. Of these, 1 study, the UK Women’s Cohort Study identified a 20% significantly increased risk between acrylamide intake and premenopausal breast cancer (Burley et al. 2011). The other six studies did not show an association between acrylamide intake and breast cancer risk (Pellucchi et al. 2006, Hogervorst et al. 2007, Pedersen et al. 2009, Larsson et al. 2009, Wilson et al. 2009, Wilson et al.2010).

Endometrial Cancer   Three large epidemiological studies have investigated the association between dietary acrylamide and endometrial cancer. In two of these studies, risk of cancer was increased by 41% and 99%, respectively (Wilson et al. 2010, Hogervorst et al. 2007). No association between dietary acrylamide intake and risk of endometrial cancer was found in the Swedish Mammography Study (Larsson et al. 2009).

Ovarian Cancer   No association between dietary acrylamide and risk of ovarian cancer was found in the small- scale Italian Cohort study, or, in 2 large-scale epidemiological studies (Pellucchi et al. 2006, Larsson et al. 2009, Wilson et al. 2010). However, a 122% increased risk for ovarian cancer in non-smokers was found in the Netherlands Cohort Study on Diet and Cancer (Hogervorst et al. 2007).

Prostate, Pancreatic, Brain Cancer   Five separate studies found no association between dietary acrylamide and risk of prostate cancer (Pellucchi et al. 2006, Hogervorst et al. 2008, Wilson et al. 2009, Larsson et al. 2009, Wilson et al. 2012). Similarly, pancreatic cancer risk is not increased (Pelucchi et al. 2011, Hogervorst et al. 2008), nor is brain cancer (Hogervorst et al. 2009), or, thyroid cancer (Schouten et al. 2009).

Conclusions   The easy interpretation of scientific studies is that if six studies show no effect and one study shows a positive effect, that the no effect-data is the real answer. For example, in the case of breast cancer, six studies showed no effect, whereas one study showed a significant association between acrylamide and premenopausal breast cancer. Should we conclude that there is no risk for breast cancer? As I mentioned earlier, it is likely that total dietary acrylamide intake was underestimated, and therefore, it is my opinion that none of the 25 studies should have shown an association between acrylamide and cancer. Therefore, that there was indeed a significant association for breast cancer with potentially underestimated acrylamide values is significant. Also, dietary acrylamide was shown to be significantly associated with myeloma, head-neck cancer, esophageal cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Paradoxically, dietary acrylamide reduced risk of lung and large bowel cancer.

What should someone who is interested in optimal health do with this information? Knowing that dietary acrylamide is indeed significantly associated with increased risk of human cancers, I would reduce or eliminate cooking food at a high temperature. I have!”


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Want to help? Here are some ways!

October 6, 2012

Donate: It may sound simple, but donations are one of the few ways that our charity will survive. Even one dollar can help us take one step closer to achieving our mission of spreading awareness, encouraging early detection and supporting research of esophageal cancer in hopes of a cure. If you would like to make a contribution, please visit:

Volunteer: Join us for our upcoming events! We had tremendous success this past year at our first ever annual ‘Esophageal Cancer Walk.’ This is an annual event and a lot of fun, so please consider lending a hand or two! We also plan to host other events. You may volunteer to assist us before, during or after our events. Our volunteers can also receive college/school credit for any volunteer hours needed. Have an idea for an event? Email us! We’d love to hear from you!

Spread the word: Raising awareness for this horrific disease is as important as raising funding is to support research. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your circles on Google+, follow and re-pin with us on Pinterest and subscribe to our blogs. Invite your friends, family, colleagues, clients and acquaintances to do the same as well! Start letting everyone you know what Salgi does and how they can also get involved! You can start by forwarding someone this post!

Fundraise: Back to our first point, donations are essential to keeping our charity alive and prospering. If you would like to throw your own fundraiser, let us know and we can provide our written consent. We might also be able to guest speak, provide you with pamphlets and help educate others about esophageal cancer, prevention and awareness. Remember, we are a 501c3 nonprofit charity so anything that is donated goes DIRECTLY to our charity and all donations are tax-free!

Need some fun fundraising ides? Plan a girls night out, throw a football party, have a yard sale, invite guests over for a wine and cheese party, throw a Halloween party. If throwing a party or night out, you can ask your guests to “buy a ticket” to your soirée and let them know the funds are going directly to Salgi. If you have a yard sale, include in your advertising and postings that all proceeds will benefit Salgi.

Planning a BIGGER party? (I.e. Wedding, Birthday, Bat Mitzvah, Bar Mitzvah, Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Sweet Sixteen, Engagement Party, etc…)  Make a considerate donation to Salgi in the name of your guests in lieu of favors.  Please contact us with questions!

You can also ask companies and businesses to donate to our charity! For instance, you can ask your favorite coffee shop to donate a percentage of their sales from a particular product to Salgi.  Remember, all donations are tax-deductable!


If you have any questions, comments or another idea that wasn’t mentioned, please contact us! We would love to hear from you!


Manage GERD symptoms with these helpful tips.

October 1, 2012

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a medical condition where contents from the stomach leak or reflux backwards into the esophagus.

This can cause acid reflux, heartburn, other painful symptoms and can damage the esophagus.

If you are living with GERD or suffer from acid reflux, you should consult with your doctor to receive the proper medical care.

The following are suggestions to manage your GERD symptoms and live a more comfortable life.

  1. Limit your intake of the following foods: fatty foods, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, mint and acidic food and drinks.
  2. Exercise. For some people, light to moderate exercise can help manage GERD symtpoms.
  3. Lose weight. Fat tissues in the abdomen compress the stomach with causes more reflux from the stomach.
  4. Limit the amount of water or beverages you consume during meals.
  5. Stop smoking. Smoking has been shown to increase symptoms and can cause coughing which aggravates GERD.
  6. Sleep with your head elevated to avoid GERD symptoms when resting or sleeping.
  7. Avoid any abdominal pressures. Limit heavy weight lifting, work and tight clothes
  8. Certain medications can aggravate GERD. It is important to consult with your doctor about GERD and medications.




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

Content found on 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.

Less than one week away! 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk- Saturday June 16, 9AM, Warwick City Park

June 11, 2012

We are so excited that we’re less than one week away from our 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk. It is THIS Saturday June 16, 2012, 9 a.m. at Warwick City Park. After months of planning, the big day is finally going to be here. We’ve arranged for some special surprises for our walkers! This walk is for the whole family and dogs too! Sign up today at, $20 in advance but we will still register people the day of the walk for $25. Children 12 and under and dogs walk free!!

We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Let’s fight cancer, one step at a time!

May 17, 2012


Join us on Saturday, June 16th at 9 AM for our first annual ‘Esophageal Cancer Walk’ at Warwick City Park.

Bring your family, friends, co-workers and your dogs, too! We need your help to make our first event a huge success!

If you are unable to attend and would still like to donate, please visit us at:

Foods that help fight cancer!

May 16, 2012

According to the National Foundation For Cancer Research, the following natural foods can reduce the risk of cancers.

Teas: Green, white, oolong. Rich in antioxidants; these teas protect your body by counteracting harmful effects of cell damage.

Tomatoes: Lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoe products including: tomato paste, pasta sauce, ketchup and salsa.

Foods rich in Vitamin C: Orange juice & other citrus fruits can help prevent cancers including esophageal cancer.

Cruciferous vegetables: Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and turnups help to stimulate the immune system and protect your body against cancers.

While the foods listed above are stated to help fight cancer, none have been found to cure cancer. Some foods such as tomatoes and citrus foods and drinks may increase heartburn or acid reflux and over time lead to risk of esophageal cancer.

Please be sure to consult your physician if you suffer from acid reflux and are considering natural remedies or products.

For more information regarding natural foods that help to fight cancer, visit NFCR’s website: