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Newcastle man urging those with cancer symptoms to get tested

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.

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North East "worst region in the world" for oesophageal cancer

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.

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