Heartburn Cancer UK
“Demanding Hope” – Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month
The Lanesborough team know - from first-hand experience - the dangers of ignoring persistent heartburn, having had two very painful run-ins with cancer of the oesophagus in the last few years.
Since 2021, we have been proud to work with the team at Heartburn Cancer UK, one of the leading charities raising awareness of cancer of the oesophagus, and its precancerous condition, Barrett’s oesophagus.
To mark Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month this February, we are delighted to partner with Heartburn Cancer UK, The Cleveland Clinic and Cyted on the "Demanding Hope" awareness campaign, offering free heartburn health checks at The Lanesborough throughout the month.
Double heartburn cancer heartbreak
The Lanesborough team know - from first-hand experience - the dangers of ignoring persistent heartburn, having two very painful run-ins with cancer of the oesophagus in the last few years. It first caused the death of one of our brightest and most memorable characters. Long-standing luggage porter Fernando Oliveria died in 2020 of the disease. Dean Timini, husband of Executive Head of Sales and Marketing, Jo Stevenson Timini, died of the same cancer later the same year.
Chefs, cabbies and concierges offered free heartburn health check
Workers from across London’s extensive hospitality industry are invited to see if they’re eligible for the simple test, which takes just minutes to do, but could save lives. Hospitality and associated staff – from kitchen porters to chief executives, cab drivers and local residents – are invited to fill out a short form on the Heartburn Cancer UK website to check if they can get the free heartburn health check. People working in the hospitality industry experience some of the risk factors of developing heartburn, such as high levels of stress and fluctuating work patterns, which means they often eat on the run.
Over the past few years, team fundraising as well as donations from our generous guests have enabled Heartburn Cancer UK to strengthen their fleet of mobile diagnostic units, which travel the country allowing medical professionals to carry out tests. For the month of February, The Lanesborough will play host to one of the units, in which the free health checks are carried out. The tests and any initial follow-up treatment are being carried out, free of charge, by the clinical team at the nearby Cleveland Clinic. The tests are being provided for free by the gastrointestinal health company, Cyted. The EndoSign test, developed by Cyted, is minimally invasive and used as an alternative to an endoscopy. The results will bring peace of mind to many, but could also detect cancer or pre-cancer at an early stage when a cure is more possible.
Oesophageal Cancer - The fourth biggest cancer killer in men
Cancer of the oesophagus is the 7th most deadly cancer in the UK. It’s the fourth biggest cancer killer for men. Some 8,000 people die each year. But many of these deaths could be prevented, especially if people get their heartburn symptoms thoroughly checked out.
“Persistent heartburn is not normal. It can be a warning sign of cancer or a pre-cancerous condition in the oesophagus, called Barrett’s oesophagus, that can then be regularly monitored. But it’s often dismissed, overlooked or masked by the over use of off-the-shelf or over-the-counter medication, such as Gaviscon and Rennie.”
Mimi McCord, Chairman and founder, Heartburn Cancer UK
About Heartburn Cancer UK
Heartburn Cancer UK is one of the leading charities raising awareness of cancer of the oesophagus, and its precancerous condition, Barrett’s oesophagus. They want everyone in the country to know that persistent heartburn - where it comes back again and again, for three weeks or more - could be a sign of cancer and needs to be checked out by a doctor. HCUK is demanding hope for the people affected by the disease through the introduction of tools for easier and earlier diagnosis, with a minimally-invasive triage tool that can be done in a doctor’s surgery.