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GERD Awareness Week: Because Heartburn Can Cause Cancer : Special Health Awareness Event

Tuesday, November 19, 2013  
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Every day an estimated 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn. Yet, despite its prevalence, few people understand that Heartburn can cause Cancer.
The Esophageal Cancer Action Network’s (ECAN) mission is to save lives by increasing awareness about the link between Heartburn and Cancer, promoting early detection and supporting medical innovation to prevent, detect and treat Esophageal Cancer.
On November 19th, ECAN, in partnership with the Carnegie Libraries in Pittsburgh, kicks off an awareness campaign highlighting GERD Awareness Week (November 24-30) with an educational discussion by Dr. Blair Jobe, one of the nation’s preeminent and most innovative esophageal disease specialists. Jobe is Director of West Penn Allegheny’s new Institute for the Treatment of Esophageal and Thoracic Disease and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

Find out how to know if you have reflux disease and how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer. Dr. Jobe will explain the link between reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Because there are no medical guidelines regarding screening for this deadly disease, Dr. Jobe’s presentation will provide the information you need to be an effective advocate for your own healthcare.

Dr. Jobe is one of the country’s leading specialists in the field of minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic therapy for the treatment of esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal motility disorders and complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He was the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and in 2010 recipient of Faculty of the Year within the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He recently served as the Principal Investigator for two NIH grants which focus on improving early detection of esophageal adenocarcinoma, the type of esophageal cancer which is most often linked to GERD.
As part of ECAN’s GERD Awareness Week efforts, Carnegie Libraries will distribute free bookmarks to all patrons at all branches. The bookmarks list important risk factors to consider and a QR code linking to a free download of ECAN’s Guide for Patients about GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer. Find out more at

Esophageal Cancer Facts:
• American Cancer Society reports Esophageal Cancer is one of the fastest increasing cancer diagnoses in the United States
• Every 36 minutes someone in America dies of Esophageal Cancer
• Fewer than 1 in 5 people diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer will survive 5 years
• The fastest increasing type of Esophageal Cancer is caused by Heartburn or reflux disease
• About 15 million Americans experience Heartburn everyday
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Presented by: Dr. Blair Jobe
Sponsor: Esophageal Cancer Action Network
130 S. Whitfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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