Limerick's metro-mayor hosts coffee morning event in aid of OCF

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Metropolitan mayor Sean Lynch flanked by Noel Walsh and Noelle Ryan, Oesophageal Cancer Fund

Metropolitan mayor Sean Lynch flanked by Noel Walsh and Noelle Ryan, Oesophageal Cancer Fund

METROPOLITAN mayor Sean Lynch held a coffee morning this week to raise awareness of an aggressive cancer of the throat.

Cllr Lynch teamed up with the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) to host the gathering in City Hall.

He was joined by a number of survivors of the condition, which occurs in the muscular tube running from the throat to the stomach.

It comes ahead of the charity’s flagship annual fundraiser, Lollipop​ Day, which takes place this weekend.

Noelle Ryan, the chairperson of the charity, said: “If it’s caught early, outcomes are good. But unfortunately for many, it's left too late. They will have lost a stone in weight before going to their GP.”

The symptoms of oesophageal cancer include difficulty swallowing, plus heartburn, or acidic indigestion over an extended period of time.

Noelle encouraged anyone experiencing this to visit their GP. To get involved, call 063-30917.