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Oesophageal cancer - A to Z

The oesophagus (or gullet)This page links to content about oesophageal cancer. 

Cancer of the oesophagus (food pipe or gullet) affects around 7,800 people each year in the UK. The disease is more common in men than women and most cases are in people aged 50 and over.

Smoking and drinking alcohol are the main risk factors for oesophageal cancer. We also know that certain inherited conditions are linked with the cancer. Acid reflux, inflammation of the oesophagus and the condition known as Barrett's oesophagus can all increase the risk of developing one type of oesophageal cancer.

Cancer Research UK funds research into many different aspects of oesophageal cancer, from understanding how the disease starts, to prevention and finding ways to improve existing treatments.

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Updated: 10 February 2011