When cancer of the oesophagus first develops it rarely causes any symptoms. This is because the tumour is very small. It is only when the cancer starts to become larger and more advanced that symptoms will start to develop. Those might include:
- difficulty swallowing
- unexplained weight loss (caused by a combination of difficulties swallowing and the cancer’s harmful effects on your body)
- pain when swallowing (odynophagia)
- throat pain and discomfort
- persistent indigestion
- persistent cough
- coughing blood
The North East of England has the world's highest rates of cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, according to Public Health England, partly due to our high levels of obesity.
However, nine out of ten of us would not recognise the symptoms.
A new TV advert showing in the North East and North Cumbria will raise awareness of what to look for.
Lucy Taylor reports.
A man from Newcastle is joining the campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal cancer.
Robert Atwell was diagnosed nine years ago after his doctor recognised the signs, when he visited her for something entirely different.
Thanks to his GP, Robert's illness was identified early, and now he is warning anyone else experiencing heartburn, indigestion or trouble swallowing to get their symptoms checked out.
A new TV advert from Public Health England campaign aims to highlight the symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers.
The North East of England has the highest rate of oesophageal and stomach cancer in the UK, and the UK has the highest rate of any country in the world. A new TV advert from the Be Clear on Cancer campaign aims to highlight symptoms of the diseases, which affect 750 people in the region every year.