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Founded in 2009, ECAN's mission is to increase public awareness about the link between Heartburn and Cancer, promote early detection and support innovation in medical research about the prevention, early detection and treatment of Esophageal Cancer. We do this by a variety of outreach efforts that include
Robust programming in conjunction with Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, which was initiated by ECAN.
During EC Awareness Month, ECAN distributes free Reach Out kits containing posters, brochures and wristbands to constituents around the country and in other nations.
ECAN coordinates a state-by-state effort to obtain gubernatorial proclamations of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in states throughout theU.S.
ECAN also hosts and provides support for Awareness raising events throughout the country, in April and at other times throughout the year. ECAN's
first Gala in 2012 drew an audience of nearly 300 guests and raised more than $65,000 in proceeds to support our work.
ECAN has developed, in conjunction with more than 100 physicians across the country, a Guide for Patients that will soon be downloadable from the ECAN website to provide basic information for patients about the link between heartburn and cancer so as to better prepare them for discussion of the topic with their own
ECAN successfully advocated with the National Cancer Institute to include Esophageal Cancer in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Now ECAN
serves on the Disease Working Group overseeing the Esophageal Cancer pilot project of NCI's genome mapping project.
ECAN has launched a partnership with the estate of film legend Humphrey Bogart and will produce a nationwide multi-media public awareness campaign in conjunction with the iconic actor's estate. Humphrey Bogart died of Esophageal Cancer in 1957.