Did you know that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness month? Throughout the month of April, the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) is promoting community events to raise awareness for cancer of the esophagus. It is ECAA's belief that earlier detection of the disease can save thousands of lives each year.
Esophageal Cancer (EC) has a strong 1, 2 punch. EC is one of the fastest growing cancers by incidence and is a top-3 most deadly cancer in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 17,460 people (13,950 men and 3,510 women) will be diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in 2012. Most of these diagnoses are late-stage metastases, which has a significantly lower 5-year survivability than earlier staged diagnoses. ECAA has a goal to promote earlier detection and increase the likelihood of survival of this disease.
ECAA is a volunteer-operated nonprofit that supports the cause in fighting back against EC. ECAA mission is dedicated to 1) providing outreach for esophageal cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors 2) Increasing public awareness of this disease, 3) stimulating and promoting research efforts, and 4) offering education and information in a supportive environment.
How to Get Involved:
Join - You can join the ECAA community and distribute information, volunteer with fundraising and events, get in contact with others like you, or be a contact for other EC warriors.
Host an Event - ECAA encourages volunteers to host an event to raise awareness in their area. You can get creative about what kind of event you want to host or you can get an idea from pre-approved “Events-in-a-Box.” ECAA may be willing to help by providing materials. You can also check for events planned in your area.
Donate - A simple way to help is to donate; donations go to resources the ECAA needs to increase awareness and help EC patients and families.You can make a general donation or make a donation in honor of a loved one.