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04_08_2018 Bulletin 0730 Service

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Hope United Methodist Church Cancer Support Ministry April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month Prevention and Early Detection Can Improve Your Quality of Life Join us Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the library as we support those persons (including caregivers) going through the cancer experience. Our guest for this month is Dr. Roderick Walker, Family Practice What is esophageal cancer? Cancer that occurs in the esophagus­- a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Cancer is the second leading cause of death for African Americans. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of esophageal cancer for African Americans. Symptoms: Difficulty swallowing, fatigue, frequent choking while eating, indigestion or heartburn, coughing or hoarseness, unintentional weight loss Risk Factors: Drinking alcohol or very hot liquids, chewing tobacco or smoking, difficulty swallowing, eating foods preserved in lye such as some olive recipes, eating few fruits and vegetables, having (GERD), being obese, having precancerous changes in the cells of the esophagus, being male and between the ages of 45 and 70. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP YOURSELF AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS? There is no routine screening for this -- TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR if you have any of the above symptoms. Eric and Gloria Hardy – Chairs, Cancer Support Ministry 26

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