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Obesity, smoking, and acid reflux are behind doubling in incidence of oesophageal cancer

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3959
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1 London

The charity Cancer Research UK is calling for better diagnosis of oesophageal cancer, as the latest figures show that its incidence nearly doubled in the 15 years to 2010.

The data also show that men are almost three times as likely as women to develop oesophageal cancer. Each year more than 5600 men and 2800 women in the United Kingdom are given a diagnosis of oesophageal cancer.

In UK men the incidence of oesophageal cancer rose from 8.8 cases per 100 000 in 1975-77 to 14.5 per 100 000 in 2006-08. In women it rose from 4.8 to 5.6 per 100 000 in the same period.

There are two main …

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