Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation
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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation's mission is to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer in hopes of a cure.
Esophageal adenocarcinoma is the fastest growing cancer in the Untied States.
Since the 1970s, there has been over a 600% increase in diagnosis of esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer is also one of the deadliest cancers as survival rates of esophageal cancer are extremely low.
Patients diagnosed with Stage IV face a daunting survival rate of only 3.8%.
Unfortunately, the overall 5 year survival rate is 17.5%.
There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in the earlier stages when the tumors can be treated.
Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing (dysplasia) typically do not arise until the cancer has become advanced, making it difficult, if not, nearly impossible to cure.
Founded on November 21, 2011; in memory of Salvatore Molfesi, who lost his courageous battle against esophageal cancer in 1998; our mission is to raise awareness of esophageal cancer; encourage patients to insist on early detection procedures; to advocate for standard and routine screening tests and innovative methods to diagnosis tumors at their earliest stages; and to fund research projects dedicated to esophageal cancer.
We believe that educating the public regarding prevention methods and the risk factors associated with esophageal cancer will tremendously help to reduce the amount of esophageal cancer diagnosis and deaths.
In order to save lives, we must encourage patients to speak with their doctors regarding lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk for developing esophageal cancer. For those patients with a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, we wish to empower them to insist on early screening tests which can help save their lives.
Esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded and often dismissed by the government and private charities.
The National Cancer Institute has decreased their investment of esophageal cancer research funding. Out of their entire budget, the NCI only devotes less than half of one percent (.05%) to esophageal cancer research.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation’s goal is to fund research projects which are working on innovative methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
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