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Esophageal Cancer

WILLIAM J. BLOT, JOSEPH K. MCLAUGHLIN and JOSEPH F. FRAUMENI

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0036
Esophageal Cancer

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This chapter reviews the epidemiology of esophageal cancer. It describes the known and suspected causes of esophageal cancer, with emphasis on the differences in risk factors between adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. Since treatment successes have been limited and esophageal cancers still are usually fatal, regardless of cell type, epidemiologic patterns may offer clues to prevention.

Keywords: esophagus; cancer risk; cancer epidemiology; cancer prevention; adenocarcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma

Chapter.  11303 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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