October 18, 2018 | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
“The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has spiked more than sevenfold over the past four decades, far outpacing other tumor types. But the disease is detected early enough to be resected in at least 20% of patients with minimally invasive procedures.
Those findings come from a new epidemiological study of esophageal cancer in the United States. Researchers found that the incidence of EAC rose 733% between 1973 and 2014, according to government data, climbing an average of 5.4% per year during the 41-year period (Figure). The next-fastest form of cancer—breast cancer—rose by 0.9% per year, on average, during that time.”
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Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. There are no routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in earlier stages and symptoms (such as difficulty swallowing, choking sensation, etc…) often occur once the cancer spreads and becomes more difficult (if not impossible) to treat.
Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancer in the US.
-Risk factors include:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
- poor nutrition,
- tobacco use,
- excessive alcohol use,
- Barrett’s esophagus.
-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.8%.
-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.
-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)
-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 4.6%.
-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.
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