Have you ever wondered why we share so much information regarding balanced nutrition, regular fitness and the importance of reducing weight in individuals who are overweight or obese?
The reason is because being overweight or obese is directly linked to an increased risk of both Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and esophageal cancer.
Now, research from Case Western Reserve University have found that “obesity has shifted certain cancers to younger age groups, and intensified cellular mechanisms promoting the diseases.” Among these cancers affecting younger age groups is esophageal cancer.
The research explains that “acid reflux in obese individuals damages their swallowing tubes and heightens risk of esophageal cancer.”
Esophageal Cancer Increase & Mortality
In the past several years, we have encountered so many people who didn’t “fit the mold” when it comes to esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer was previously thought to be a cancer that affected “older Caucasian males.”
Unfortunately, esophageal cancer has become the fastest growing cancer in the United States, as it has increased over 600% in the past three decades. That means that it is affecting more and more people, all age groups, young and old and all races and genders.
Esophageal cancer has also become one of the deadliest cancers, as patients are typically diagnosed in later stages. Stage IV has a survival rate of less than 4%.
These factors have contributed to the great increase and poor survival rate: lack of awareness or risk factors and symptoms; no routine/standard screening; late occurrence of symptoms, leading to late diagnosis and lack of research funding for improved detection techniques and treatment options.
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Young Adult Cancer: Influence of the Obesity Pandemic, Obesity, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/oby.22137
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