A recent study using data from @NICanReg  and pathological diagnoses from across NI has shown that the suspension of endoscopy during the early stages of the pandemic led to a 26.6% fall in oesophageal and gastric cancer diagnosis. This means 53  fewer patients diagnosed than expected

For Barrett’s oesophagus diagnoses fell by 59 .3%. Barrett’s cases fell by 95.5% in April alone. Meaning 236 fewer Barrett’s cases than expected with numbers of diagnoses still below the expected rates

We can only expect more diagnoses to be missed during the current restrictions.

We need to protect our diagnostic and cancer services so that patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly 

Source: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophago-gastric Cancer Read it here https://t.co/AYz27qsNGo

#BelfastTrust #NICanReg #OGCancerNI #CR_UK #CatchItEarly

Oesophageal cancer like many other cancers does not discriminate between age or sex and  knowing and recognising the signs and symptoms are crucial to early diagnosis.  If you suffer from any of the following symptoms for longer than 3 weeks you should consult your doctor.

 

  • Persistent Indigestion
  • Difficulty swallowing or food sticking
  • Heartburn acid reflux
  • Hiccupping that wont go away
  • Unexplained weight loss.

#oesophagealcancer #catchitearly

What is Oesophago-Gastric Cancer?

Oesophageal cancer is cancer of the gullet and gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. Combined, they are medically known as oesophago-gastric (OG) cancer. The oesophagus (more commonly known as the gullet or food pipe) is the long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.In Northern Ireland in 2016, a total of 226 people were diagnosed with oesophageal (gullet) cancer. In the same year, 214 people were newly diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer.

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