Be clear and visit a doctor
PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 February 2015
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise awareness of oesophago-gastric cancers in the South West.
According to recent data, each year about 530 people are diagnosed with the diseases in the former Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire area and about 438 people die from them annually.
The Be Clear on Cancer campaign is now urging people to visit their doctor if they have heartburn for most days for three weeks or more as this can be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer.
This comes after Public Health England found only 55 per cent of people said they would visit their doctor if they experienced the symptom.
Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing food, feeling bloated for no obvious reason, feeling full very quickly when eating, weight loss and trapped wind.
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