Study: Esophageal Cancer Rate Doubles in UK

by: cancercompass

According to a new study from Cancer Research UK, esophageal cancer rates have doubled in men over 25 years old in the last 25 years. Women's rates have increased only 8 percent during that same period.

"One basic issue is that men's diets are worse than women's. They tend to eat more fatty foods and less fruit and veg. Both of those things increase reflux disease, where acid comes up from the stomach," Janusz Jankowski, esophageal cancer expert at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, told BBC News.

Esophageal cancer survivor Larry Rees was interviewed by BBC News after undergoing a "radical" surgery that removed part of his esophagus and stomach. Rees stated that he no longer can indulge in three course meals. Rather, he must graze all day - eating small amounts of food very slowly.

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