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A little Lolly goes a long way 22.02.08

PEOPLE in Inishowen are being urged to be mindful of the signs and symptoms of oesophageal cancer.
Today is Lollipop Day, February 22, and it is dedicated to highlighting what is one of the most deadly forms of the disease. One of the main symptoms of oesophageal cancer a difficulty in swallowing.
"We hope that lollipops will make people conscious of swallowing, as difficulty swallowing is one of the common symptoms. We also hope that the profit we make from selling lollipops will enable more research and better treatment and amenities for patients
suffering from this disease," said a Lollipop Day spokesperson from the Oesphageal Cancer Fund.
Meanwhile, Inishowen Senator Cecilia Keaveney said Lollipop Day was another occasion for an all-island approach to health awareness.
"There is a growing problem of oesophageal cancer, particularly among young people and women in Ireland. One of the first signs is a problem in swallowing. This type of cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer," she said.
"But the issue is broader than just one type of cancer. There is good work ongoing by individual groups promoting Daffodil Day or Lollipop Day but there needs the back up of a sound all-island health promotion and disease awareness activity at the Governmental level," she added.
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