Charity of the Week – Oesophageal Cancer Fund

Established in 2001 the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, which has grown to be the national voice representing oesophageal cancer in Ireland.

Governed by a board of trustees and supported by the patronage of golfer Padraig Harrington, we rely on the support of our loyal patrons and volunteers. Our aim is to raise awareness of the symptoms related to oesophageal cancer, provide funding for research into the disease and help improve the outcomes for people dealing with this cancer.

Our main fundraising event is our annual Lollipop Day, which takes place at the end of February each year. A pink lollipop is the emblem for our campaign and highlights the most common symptom of suspicion of oesophageal cancer – difficulty swallowing.

Did you know?

Funds raised through the Oesophageal Cancer Fund help in awareness driving campaigns to increase the public’s knowledge of the symptoms that can be early warning signs. About 400 cases of oesophageal cancer occur in Ireland each year. Approximately 70% of patients have oesophageal cancer symptoms for more than three months before talking to their GP, we want to change this; as early detection can be vital in saving lives.

Monies raised also help in funding oesophageal cancer research by the country’s leading experts. We have established a Scientific Board of ten independent members representing excellence in the areas of law, medicine and finance to adjudicate on submissions for national, multi-centre, collaborative and clinical research into aspects of oesophageal cancer care.

Our funding has also helped establish the National Barrett’s Oesophagus Register and Bio Bank. This is a vital step in targeting an ‘at risk’ group and in-turn developing our overall understanding of this cancer.


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