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Who gets esophageal cancer?

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Men, the elderly, and people who are obese are at greater risk for esophageal cancer. You're more likely to get esophageal cancer when you:

Rates of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus are higher in white men, but squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus is more common in Asian men and men of color.

  • Smoke or use tobacco
  • Are a heavy drinker
  • Have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Have Barrett's esophagus

From: Esophageal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Esophagus Cancer." 

National Cancer Institute: "Esophageal Cancer Treatment."

American Society of Oncology: “Esophageal Cancer Guide.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Esophagus Cancer." 

National Cancer Institute: "Esophageal Cancer Treatment."

American Society of Oncology: “Esophageal Cancer Guide.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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