What is Lollipop Day?

Established in 2001 the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, which has grown to be the national voice representing oesophageal cancer in Ireland.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the symptoms related to oesophageal cancer and to provide funding for research into the disease. Our emblem is a lollipop which highlights one of main warning signs of oesophageal cancer - difficulty swallowing.

Oesophageal Cancer -
what are the facts?

of oesophageal cancer are
reported every year in Ireland.

There has been a marked
improvement in the cure
rate for patients treated
with curative intent
compared to a decade ago.*

*NCRI and HIPE data

Ireland has one of the
highest rates of
oesophageal cancer
in Europe among men
and women.

of patients have symptoms
for more than 3 months
before talking to their GP.

What are the symptoms?

Oesophageal cancer is a treatable condition if caught early enough. The danger is that it often starts with everyday digestive complaints that can be passed off as temporary inconveniences. If one or more of these symptoms persist contact your GP.

What are the risk factors?


Oesophageal cancer is not gender exclusive but it does affect 3 times more men than women.


Oesophageal cancer is more likely in people
60 and over. It can effect people as young as 20
and people between the ages of 40 to 45
need to be particularly vigilant.


Obesity is a risk factor for some types of oesophageal cancer.


Long-term heavy drinkers face increased oesophageal cancer risks.


Cigarettes and other tobacco products contribute significantly to the risk of developing cancer.

Where does the money raised go?

Where does the money raised go?

Donate online at lollipopday.ie