Quick reference guide

Pharmacists and pharmacy staff who have the opportunity to talk to patients about their health concerns.

This guidance will tell you the key symptoms that could indicate oesophago-gastric cancer, the importance of early diagnosis, the risk factors of oesophageal and gastric cancers, diagnosis and treatment and how pharmacists can help.

Early detection and diagnosis of oesophago-gastric cancer can save lives. If detected early, people with oesophageal and stomach cancers can be treated successfully. Individuals with cancer often self-medicate during the early stages of the disease because they do not recognise their symptoms and have not yet sought advice from a health professional. Pharmacists and pharmacy staff can identify those who may be at risk and advise them to see their doctor. They are also in an ideal position to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of oesophago-gastric cancer.

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