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World Cancer Day 2017: there are 2 types of oesophageal cancer, and they affect the world in different ways

Anne LI                                                                                                Feburary 25th, 2017


In the UK, oesophageal cancer rates have gone up by more than 40% since the 1970s. Lifestyle factors – such as smoking, being overweight or obese, and drinking alcohol – cause almost 9 out of 10 oesophageal cancers in the UK. But is the same true in other parts of the world? Oesophageal cancer rates are highest in Southern Africa and Eastern Asia, where alcohol consumption is lower and obesity is less common. So what’s driving up rates of oesophageal cancer in these regions? There are 2 main types of oesophageal cancer and, intriguingly, they are linked to different causes, which is reflected in the patterns of diagnoses. In this post we dig deeper into these trends, and explore some of the possible reasons behind them with 2 experts working in the field.


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