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

Help us E.R.A.S.E cancer arising from Barrett's oesophagus

Would you like to be part of making positive change, by joining our regular giving community - E.R.A.S.E. - Simply pledge to donate to HCUK by direct debit on a monthly basis and help us E.R.A.S.E cancer arising from Barrett's oesophagus.


Author: Nikki Foulkes

The Cytosponge has arrived in Chelmsford

If you live in Chelmsford and suffer with heartburn you may be eligible to take part in our pilot study using The Cytosponge test in the community. It's quick and simple to perform and could save lives...


Author: Nikki Foulkes

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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