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What factors increases the risk of esophageal cancer?

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Dr. Michael Thompson answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Tobacco, alcohol: 2 types of esophageal ca - scc, adca. Geographic location - high risk = asia, s & e africa, n. France. Scc - tobacco, alcohol, gerd, barrett's esophagus (pre-ca) adca - tobacco, obesity, gerd, barrett's esophagus.

Answered 9/5/2013

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Dr. Jon Krook answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Chronic Heartburn: Severe gastro-esophageal reflux can lead to adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. If you have severe heartburn, see your doctor so you can be screened for pre-cancerous changes of your esophagus.

Answered 2/27/2016

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Dr. David Cooke answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Several factors: These include acid reflux, smoking, alcohol consumption, vitamin deficiencies, achalasia, esophageal webs, chaga's disease, consumption of pickeled and smoked foods.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Multiple: Space limits long answers. You can check the following internet link for additional information on esophageal cancer and risk factors: http://goo.Gl/itxx2.

Answered 10/23/2017

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