A huge congratulations are due to Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald after she was recently awarded the prestigious Jane Wardle Prevention and Early Diagnosis prize, which recognises individuals who have produced world-leading research in the field of prevention and early detection of cancer.

Rebecca, Professor of Cancer Prevention and Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology, is passionate about detecting cancer earlier and has developed the innovative Cytosponge test, currently in national clinical trial. The Cytosponge can detect a pre-cancerous condition of the oesophagus known as Barrett’s oesophagus – a condition that can increase a person’s risk of developing oesophageal cancer. Rebecca said, “It is a great honour to receive this award which is also a tribute to my fantastic team members (past and present). Jane Wardle was a pioneer in a field which is only now being fully recognised as a vital part of reducing the mortality and morbidity from cancer.”

More information about her work can be found here:  https://www.mrc-cu.cam.ac.uk/research/rebecca-fitzgerald/clinical-studies/BEST3

Early Diagnosis is Key #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.

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