Oberlander Resolution Once Again Recognizes April as PA Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month
Richard and Linda Horner of Rimersburg once again joined Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) at the state Capitol to celebrate unanimous passage of House Resolution 726 to officially recognize April as Esophageal Cancer Prevention and Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. April 2014 marks the third consecutive year that Oberlander’s resolution has been adopted by the PA House unanimously. 
– Sponsored by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong), a resolution officially recognizing April 2014 as Esophageal Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on April 2.

“With the lack of warning signs and symptoms, esophageal cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with less than one in five patients surviving five years after diagnosis,” said Oberlander. “My primary reason for sponsoring this resolution on an annual basis is to continue to raise awareness that with earlier detection and ever-improving treatment options survival rates are on the rise.”

Final passage of House Resolution 726 marks the third consecutive year that Oberlander’s resolution has been unanimously adopted to raise awareness of the devastating effects of esophageal cancer. Oberlander first introduced this resolution due to the request of two of her constituents, Linda and Richard Horner of Rimersburg. The entire Horner family has been actively promoting awareness of esophageal cancer ever since Richard was diagnosed with the disease in 2008.

“We had never even heard of esophageal cancer until Rich’s diagnosis,” said Linda Horner. “A few short months later, we heard of others in our area – within a 45-minute drive – being diagnosed. It has changed our lives drastically. Surgeries, chemotherapy, complications all took their toll. Our lives, although almost back to normal, will never be the same. It is our goal to make sure others don’t have to go through what we have, and to do that, we need to make others aware of the effects of chronic heartburn.”

One of the most common causes of esophageal cancer is chronic heartburn, or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), although poor health habits such as excessive drinking and smoking may also play a part in the development of this deadly disease. Such chronic health problems may also lead to a condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, which makes an individual 125 percent more likely to develop esophageal cancer. However, with monitoring and treatment of GERD, the potential for long-term irreversible damage leading to esophageal cancer can be avoided.

For more information on esophageal cancer, the Horner’s encourage those who suffer from chronic heartburn to visit www.ecan.org or contact their doctor.

Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: 814.226.9000
RepOberlander.com / Facebook.com/RepOberlander
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