All five libraries in the New Haven System (Fair Haven, Ives, Mitchell, Stetson and Wilson) and seven others throughout the state, including Monroe, will team with the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, to spread the word about the disease, which takes the life of an American every 36 minutes.
Diagnosis of esophageal cancer is up more than 400 percent in the past 20 years, and the type of esophageal cancer increasing so rapidly in the United States is usually caused by reflux disease, often thought of as heartburn.
Throughout Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, the 12 library branches will distribute special bookmarks made possible through a grant from Covidien. The bookmarks share the key risk factors for developing esophageal cancer and a QR code for ECAN’s free downloadable Guide for Patients, which was developed with input from leading doctors across the nation.
In conjunction with the New Haven Free Public Library, ECAN will host “Heartburn Can Cause Cancer: Get the Facts,” at The Ives Main Branch (133 Elm St., New Haven), Thursday, Apr. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Designed to help members of the community effectively advocate for their own healthcare, this free health awareness event will feature a seminar and discussion with Dr. Ramon Generoso, an assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Milford Hospital.
Generoso 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, he also will discuss how to know if you have reflux disease and how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer.
For more information about this event, esophageal cancer or ECAN, visit www.ecan.org.