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.
The BEACON consortium tab summarizes findings from this research consortium which was founded in 2005 to study causes of EAC.