Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, according to World Cancer Day. In Salford, over 64% of people get diagnosed with upper GI cancers (also known as stomach and oesophageal or gullet cancer) at a late stage, with the data showing many men presenting later compared to women.
The Stop. Look. Listen… to Your Body campaign seeks to change this by providing information on the top five signs and symptoms of upper GI cancer.
- Difficulty or discomfort swallowing
- Ongoing indigestion or heartburn
- Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
- Bringing up food after eating
- Constant pain in your upper tummy, chest or back
The campaign also emphasises the importance of being persistent if these symptoms are ongoing for more than three weeks and speaking to your GP practice to support early cancer detection.
Working with Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, Answer Cancer, and local community groups in Salford, the campaign will help men be more aware by stopping, looking, and listening out for Cancer’s signs and symptoms.