ECAN strives tirelessly to meets its mission. Esophageal cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer but its effects are devastating on those diagnosed and their families. Early recognition of heartburn symptoms has the potential to prevent this cancer, yet so many just live with heartburn and do not seek medical attention. ECAN wants to change that by increasing awareness of the link between heartburn and cancer. ECAN is also a valuable resource to those with the disease, their families, and health care providers for information about this cancer.
I support this group because I never want another person to die of this horrible cancer (as my husband did). They make it their mission to disseminate information to folks that have been diagnosed, they sponsor research and give hope to all.
When my husband of 20+ years was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2008 we were devastated. ECAN offered a multitude of support, information, and guidance. After my husbands passing in 2010 we decided to honor him and help others by fundraising and donating to ECAN. This organization works tirelessly to honor those lost to this horrible disease, educate others if the facts, and raise awareness and funds to support EC research.
With my husband being a survivor of esophageal cancer we wanted to GIVE BACK! To date we have organized three events in our township with ECAN'S assistance! Together we are raising awareness to this beast!
SPREAD the word... hold an event... save a life!!! THANK YOU ECAN for always being there for US!
When I lost one of my best friends to Esophageal Cancer, it seemed so unfair. He was one of those rare guys who took good care of his health. He was a runner. He was rail thin. Except for the occasional glass of Merlot, he didn't drink. He didn't smoke. Although he was a creative chef, he avoided sugar and fat. Yet, his chronic heartburn had burned the tissue lining his throat, eventually evolving into cancer. Who would have thought something as commonplace as heartburn could lead to cancer?
The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) was created shortly after the death of my friend with the goal of spreading the word that heartburn can cause cancer. Since its creation, ECAN has gotten Esophageal Cancer as one of the cancers being investigated under the genome research project. More than two dozen states have passed resolutions recognizing April as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. ECAN produced the first-ever Patient Guide designed to provide information to EC patients and their families as they struggle with this deadly diagnosis. In short, ECAN is making a real difference in the lives of those afflicted with a terrible disease. It deserves our support.
When my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, the people from ECAN were with me every step of the way -- from helping me comprehend his diagnosis to assisting me in running fundraisers to raise awareness to actually sitting down & listening to me and holding my hand when I needed it most. They are all caring people who have been through exactly what I've been through --- they UNDERSTAND.
ECAN has done an excellent job at raisng awareness about Esophageal Cancer. I lost my Dad in 2008 and did not know anything about this cancer. Spreading awareness will save lives.
I found the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) when my dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2009. They were an exceptional source of information and were determined to get the message out to the public that "Heartburn Can Cause Cancer". Over the years they have saved countless lives by encouraging people who have persistent heartburn to get it checked. Esophageal Cancer is rarely diagnosed early & because of this, is one of the most deadly cancers. If checked early it can be successfully treated. My only wish is that ECAN was around many years earlier, so that my dad & many others could have benefited by ECAN's monumental efforts & strides in promoting awareness, prevention, increased research funding in the area of Esophageal Cancer.
ECAN works hard to get the word out about the causes of EC and the fact that Heartburn Can Cause Cancer. Because this disease is usually detected when it's too late, ECAN informs people of the symptoms and encourages them to get tested. They also work with primary care physicians and specialists to get the word out that the symptoms are not trivial and should be paid attention to. The staff is small but dedicated.
Excellent organization providing a lot of information about Esophageal Cancer. They also have a fun annual fundraiser where people can take dance classes in all types of dance genres.
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