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Review for Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Inc. (ECAN), Stevenson, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

ECAN punches way above it's weight! Such a small organization, with such a small staff, and yet it's been able to accomplish so much. For example, it was able to get esophageal cancer (EC) included in the national genome mapping project, despite initially being turned down. More generally, by raising awareness of the link between GERD/heartburn and EC, and encouraging people to get scoped (an endoscopy) it has literally saved dozens, hundreds, many even thousands of lives. Practically, and more specifically, it has put out a patient guide to help people have an educated conversation with their primary care doctor about EC, especially if they're experiencing GERD/heartburn, so that they just don't leave the doctor's office with a prescription for drugs but are sent to be scoped (if justified). All with one full-time employee and at most 2-3 part-time staff. Go ECAN!

Role:  Volunteer