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Who we are- Barrett's oesophagus UK (BOUK)

Our charity was founded in 1999 with the above objectives in mind but primarily at first to establish lasting support for UKBOR which was also started by BOUK’s founders 3 years earlier as the UK had for several decades shown the highest increasing incidence of oesophagus adenocarcinoma in the Western world generally developing in the oesophageal lining within the abnormal  Barrett’s oesophagus, the only known premalignant change in the oesophagus.

UKBOR with a database of over 14,500 Barrett’s oesophagus patients from 47 UK centres is one of the largest in the world and has been the source of extensive research carried out since the Registry’s foundation and with the results published in peer reviewed journal and presented at meetings nationally and internationally. The bibliography  is listed on this website. Several European countries have now developed national registries based on our model and research workers in various universities home and abroad have been keen to start collaborative studies with us.

It is to further this research and expand UKBOR’s database that our charity is actively continuing its work to realise its aims in the present and in the future.



What is Barrett’s oesophagus?


Barrett’s oesophagus is a pre-cancerous condition of the oesophagus (gullet) resulting from prolonged regurgitation (reflux) of acid and bile from the stomach into the gullet,which can lead to chronic changes in the its lining and in a proportion of sufferers can undergo malignant change which generally has a poor prognosis with only about 13% surviving 5 years post diagnosis.

As much more data are required to formulate the best way of tackling this increasing problem we started the United Kingdom National Barrett’s Oesophagus Registry (UKBOR) already in 1996, the first and now one of the largest such registries in the world with over 14,500 Barrett’s oesophagus patients databased from 47 UK centres.

The results of thisresearch have been published in prestigious medical journals and also presented at meetings worldwide (see Publications).

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Success Stories

2016- News roundup: A great year for fundraising!

In 2016 Barrett’s continued to be top of the agenda. It was so great to see all the events that our volunteers took part in both here in the UK and abroad. Well done Barrett’s volunteers. Your hard work is wonderful and appreciated!

January 11, 2017
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2015- News roundup: A year to be celebrated

2015 — This was another good year with runs, climbs and fun all helping to raise funds for Barrett’s oesophagus. Well done everyone!

January 11, 2016
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2014- News roundup: Barrett’s funding on the up!

2015 — This was another good year with runs, climbs and fun all helping to raise funds for Barrett’s oesophagus. Well done everyone!

February 11, 2015
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