Tennessee Shines a Light for Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

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The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (April 12-13, 2021) – On the evenings of Monday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge will be illuminated with periwinkle blue light in honor of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. Esophageal Cancer is the fastest increasing cancer among American men – and one of the deadliestRaising awareness about this cancer is particularly important because most Americans don’t know that the type of Esophageal Cancer most prevalent in the U.S. is caused by acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). In recent years, the type of Esophageal Cancer caused by reflux disease has doubled among younger patients and they are most often diagnosed at hard-to-treat late stages.

The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) spearheaded the movement to designate April as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month more than ten years ago. ECAN is a national nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Its mission is to save lives by increasing awareness about the link between acid reflux and Esophageal Cancer.

“One American dies of this preventable cancer every 36 minutes, and the type of Esophageal Cancer increasing so rapidly in the U.S. is usually caused by reflux disease,” said ECAN President and CEO Mindy Mintz Mordecai. An attorney and former television journalist, Mordecai founded the organization after losing her husband and the father of their two young children to the disease in 2008.

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