“In a nationwide cohort study, researchers investigated if survival in esophageal cancer (esophageal adenocarcinoma) (EAC) is influenced by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or endoscopy practice. Participants were all Swedish residents (n = 6,600) (79.3% males, median age 70 years) who received a diagnosis of esophageal cancer (EAC) in 1997-2013 and were followed till 2018. History of GERD and endoscopies before EAC were the exposures. EAC-specific 5-year mortality was assessed as the main outcome. Findings revealed a possible association of GERD with a better prognosis in the event of EAC. However, the limited influence of the use of endoscopy screening on survival was reported unless performed very frequently.”
Read the full article here: International Journal of Cancer
Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancers 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 19.2%.
-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 4.8%.
-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.
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