What factors increases the risk of esophageal cancer?

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

Read that acid reflux increases ur risk of esophageal cancer. How is this possible? I know it causes irritation but stomach acid is not a carcinogen..

It is. the chronic constant irritating of the acid to the lining of the esophagus,will create condition known as Barrett esophagitis that has more than ten fold to become cancer,so the acid kind if carcinogenic when it comes to the esophagus. Read more...

What are risk factors for esophageal cancer?

GERD. The biggest growing risk for esophageal cancer is acid reflux. Other factors leading to risk would include being african-american, smoking or prior exposures to chemicals such as lye. Read more...
Two types. For adenocarcinoma, the main risk factor is acid reflux or gerd. For squamous cell carcinoma, the main risk factors are smoking and alcoholol. Read more...
Obesity and GERD. The predominate risk factors for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus are gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) and obesity. For squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus, smoking and alcohol intake are huge risk factors. Read more...
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What are the risk factors for esophageal cancer?  

Depends on type. For adenocarcinoma, the risk factors are mainly acid reflux, leading to barrett's metaplasia, and being male. The risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma include smoking, alcohol, radiation exposure, other head and neck cancers, caustic ingestion, a condition called achalasia, eating foods with nitrates, and conditions called chaga's disease and tylosis. Read more...

What factors can influence the survival rate with esophageal cancer?  

Quite a few. Survival depends on the cancer stage (early vs. Local spread vs. Distant spread). It also improves if the cancer can be surgically resected or not. Patient factors such as general health, ongoing drinking or smoking, weight loss are also important. Post-treatment factors such as diet, exercise, lifestyle changes are also important. Read more...
Stage & response. Survival rate affected by stage of esophageal cancer and response to treatment (and tolerance of patient to treatment) ... Read more...

Food, not sticking but felt that it is moving slowly down, could it be esophageal cancer? (18 male)No risk factors.

Unlikely, esp at 18 . Other things would be higher on the list, primarily dysmotility. The smooth contractions within the esophageal area may not be working correctly. Or the lower esophageal sphincter may be dysfunctional. A GI doc could help determine the cause. Read more...

I am a 55 yo F living in WA and have Barrett's esophagus. Would marijuana use 2-4x/year increase chance of esophageal cancer?

No. there is no evidence that marijuana usage increases the risk of esophageal cancer. It would be even less likely, given the infrequent nature of your usage. You should follow your anti-reflux regimen closely though, given that you have Barrett's esophagus. If you're overly concerned about the marijuana smoke, you could consider vaporization or edibles....Good luck. Read more...