Heartburn Cancer UK

Registered Charity Number: 1136413
Basingstoke, Hampshire

51.281466204727, -1.0586863588926

Heartburn Cancer UK aims to raise awareness of the danger of persistent heartburn. early diagnosis saves lives.

In 2002, Michael McCord died from Oesophageal Cancer. His death, like so many, was Preventable. Had he known at the time about the dangers of Long Term and Persistent Heartburn he could have sought medical help and the outcome might have been completely different. It was his tragic death that brought about the McCord Fund, which has grown today into the national charity, Heartburn Cancer UK (HCUK).

Cancer of the Oesophagus is a rapidly increasing cancer of great concern in the UK and is now the Sixth greatest cancer killer. Despite the best modern treatments survival from Oesophageal Cancer is appalling. This is mainly due to a diagnosis being made when the condition is too advanced to be treated as the preceding symptoms are few and on the whole ignored. Long Term Persistent Heartburn is a significant symptom of a type of Oesophageal Cancer called Adenocarcinoma and the pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s Oesophagus.


Heartburn affects 1 in 10 of us and is dismissed as being a harmless problem. It is estimated that in the region of 500,000 people in the UK have the pre-cancerous condition, Barrett’s Oesophagus and most are totally unaware of it.

Around 10% (50,000) of those will progress to Oesophageal Cancer