Each year over one half million people in the world are diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Unfortunately most do not survive more than a year, making it the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death. Much is known about the risk and protective factors for this cancer, providing opportunities for prevention through avoiding causative exposures, engaging in healthy activities, chemoprevention and in some cases, screening for precancerous conditions.
The purpose of this site is to promote awareness of esophageal cancer, summarize it's epidemiology (see background and risk and preventive factors) and demonstrate how this information can be used for personalized cancer prevention. See Learn More below and menu tab. Additional information resources can be found in a menu tab as well.
Most esophageal cancers worldwide are classified as squamous cell type. In the early 1970s, however, a previously unusual histologic type - adenocarcinoma - began a rapid rise in incidence that continued for over four decades to become the dominant type of esophageal cancer in the West. The BEACON consortium tab summarizes findings from this epidemiologic research consortium which was founded in 2005 to study underlying reasons for the increase and identify potential preventive measures.
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summarizes what is known about possible causes of esophageal cancer and opportunities for prevention