We exist to raise awareness of the dangers of persistent heartburn.  Earlier diagnosis of a more serious problem helps save lives.

Covid 19 information from HCUK

We want you to know that, despite the unprecedented global situation regarding Covid-19 we are still available at Heartburn Cancer UK if you have any questions or concerns about Barrett's oesophagus or oesophageal cancer.


Author: Nikki Foulkes

Join our Virtual campaign - Donate the #costofacoffee

The Covid-19 pandemic has made life difficult for each of us in different ways. As a charity, many of our previous fundraising plans have been put on hold and so, in order to enable us to continue our work raising awareness and supporting you - we would like anyone who is able to simply donate the #costofacoffee. To donate £3 text HCUK to 70331 - Read this news article for more information and for terms & conditions.


Author: Nikki Foulkes

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Do you have an experience of Barrett's oesophagus or oesophageal cancer which you would like to share to help other sufferers? If so please get in touch.



Our potential impact


Of oesophageal cancer cases in the UK are preventable compared to 38% of other cancers


Die of oesophageal cancer in the UK each year


Survive 10 or more years compared to 50% for other cancers

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Latest news

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  • BBC South Today Interview with Professor Tim Underwood

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    Choose to walk one of five distances on this virtual journey along the Test Way during your daily exercise. Walk wherever you are, count distance or steps - and raise money for Heartburn Cancer UK whilst enjoying some essential fresh air and improving your wellbeing. Take part any time from 1st May until 31st July 2020. Read more

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