Oesophageal cancer - A to Z
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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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Browse content about Oesophageal cancer
- Press Release: Scientists reveal new insights in the development of oesophageal cancer
13 October 2013
- Press Release: Cancer death rates over a third higher in men than women
29 January 2013
- News story: Genetic link to Barrett's oesophagus identified for first time
10 September 2012
- Press Release: Cancer Research UK launches trial of experimental drug combination for advanced stomach and oesophageal cancer
8 June 2012
- News story: Gene offers clue to cause of oesophageal cancer
19 January 2012
- Press Release: Bowel, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers show biggest improvement in diagnosis time
8 November 2011
- News story: Gene mutations linked to diseases of the oesophagus
26 July 2011
- Press Release: Projects launched to crack the cancer code
13 July 2011
- News story: Team at Cambridge MRC Cancer Cell Unit wins innovation prize
6 June 2011
- Press Release: Booze causes at least 13,000 cancers a year in the UK
8 April 2011
- Press Release: A quiet epidemic - men's risk of oesophageal cancer is triple women's risk
18 June 2013
- Press Release: Docetaxel significantly increases survival for incurable gastric cancers
23 January 2013
- Press Release: Trial launch of urgently-needed combination treatment for oesophago-gastric cancer
17 August 2012
- News story: International consortium releases cancer gene data
15 March 2012
- Press Release: Fluorescent dye pinpoints tiniest signs of oesophageal cancer
15 January 2012
- News story: Study suggests oesophageal cancer 'less common than previously thought' in people with Barrett's oesophagus
13 October 2011
- Press Release: 'Sponge on a string' trial launched to try and prevent deadly oesophageal cancer
25 July 2011
- News story: Current UK system of Barrett's oesophagus monitoring 'not cost effective'
20 June 2011
- Press Release: Cancer Research Technology and Affitech A/S sign exclusive antibody development deal
27 April 2011
- News story: Daily low-dose aspirin 'reduces death rates for several cancers'
7 December 2010
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