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Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Overweight 20-somethings dramatically increase their risk of esophageal and stomach cancer if they become obese later in life, a new study suggests. The research indicated that people who were overweight in their 20s had a 60 percent to 80 percent increased risk of developing these cancers, compared with those who maintained a normal weight throughout their life, researchers said. And those who then gained more than 40 pounds by age 50 doubled their risk of esophageal cancer and moderately increased their risk for stomach cancer, the study found. But, it was those individuals who progressed from overweight at age 20 to obese at age 50 and older who had three times or more increased risk for esophageal and stomach cancer, the study found. "These findings underscore the potential of weight control programs for decreasing the likelihood of developing esophageal ... Read more

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Alcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Drinking plus being overweight may be a bad combo when it comes to risks for the two most common types of esophageal cancer, a new report warns. The findings suggest that in the United States, a third of esophageal cancer cases – that's about 5,600 per year – could be prevented if people maintained a healthy weight and didn't drink. "These findings add to the evidence that lifestyle plays a powerful role in cancer risk," said Alice Bender, head of nutrition at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). "Obesity is now linked to 11 types of cancer and alcohol links to six," she said in an institute news release. "We want individuals to know you can take important lifestyle steps to reduce risk for many kinds of cancer." In the new report, experts at the AICR and the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed 46 studies involving more than 15 million adults, ... Read more

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Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by

SUNDAY, April 19, 2015 – Taking aspirin regularly over several years may help prevent gastrointestinal cancers, a new study suggests. There was a 20 percent lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, especially in the colon and rectum, among people taking aspirin, said lead researcher Yin Cao, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. But Cao doesn't think people should start taking aspirin to prevent cancer until more research is done. "The results of ongoing research to develop more tailored treatment based upon a personalized assessment of risks and benefits is critical before recommending aspirin for preventing cancer," she said. Moreover, patients and their doctors need to consider the potential risks of taking aspirin, including stomach bleeding, Cao said. However, "if considered alongside the known benefits of aspirin in the ... Read more

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Taller People May Have Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer: Study

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 – Being tall may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett's esophagus, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from international studies that included 1,000 esophageal cancer patients, 2,000 Barrett's esophagus patients and thousands of people without either condition. Men shorter than 5 feet 7 inches and women shorter than 5 feet 2 were about twice as likely to have Barrett's esophagus or esophageal cancer than men who were taller than 6 feet and women who were taller than 5 feet 5. The association between height and disease risk was not affected by age, education, smoking, body fat, abdominal obesity or symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to the study published recently in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. "Interestingly, the relationship between height and esophageal cancer is opposite ... Read more

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Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Cancer, Study Shows

Posted 6 Aug 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 – Taking aspirin every day appears to reduce the odds of developing and dying from colon, stomach or esophageal cancer, a new study suggests. Based on a review of available studies, researchers determined that the benefits of aspirin therapy for preventing cancer outweigh the risks. Millions of people already take this inexpensive drug to prevent or treat heart disease. "We came to the conclusion that most people between the ages of 50 and 65 would benefit from a daily aspirin," said lead researcher Jack Cuzick, head of the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary, University of London. "It looks like if everyone took a daily aspirin, there would be less cancer, and that would far outweigh any side effects," added Cuzick. Gastrointestinal bleeding is the most serious side effect associated with aspirin. Taking aspirin for 10 years could cut colon cancer risk ... Read more

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Smoking, Drinking Combo Raises Odds for Esophageal Cancer

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 – People who smoke and drink are nearly twice as likely to develop esophageal cancer as those with only one of those unhealthy habits, a new study indicates. Previous research has shown that smoking and drinking are risk factors for esophageal cancer, but this is the first study to show the risk associated with smoking and drinking combined, the investigators said. The finding, which was based on an analysis of numerous databases, is published in the April 22 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. "Our study suggests that not only do alcohol and tobacco play an important role in the development of esophageal cancer, the combination of their use markedly increases their potency as carcinogens," study author Dr. Anoop Prabhu, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, said in a journal news release. "As a result, we as physicians ... Read more

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Exercise May Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer

Posted 14 Oct 2013 by

MONDAY, Oct. 14 – Physical activity may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, a new review finds. Researchers analyzed four published observational studies, and found that the most physically active people were 19 percent less likely to develop esophageal cancer than those who were least active. The review also found that people who were physically active had a 32 percent lower risk of developing a type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma, which can arise from a condition called Barrett's esophagus. The findings are scheduled for presentation Monday at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting, in San Diego. "Obesity has been associated with increased risk of esophageal cancer through high levels of insulin, as well as chronic inflammation," study author Dr. Siddharth Singh, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a college news release. "By decreasing ... Read more

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Overweight Teen Years Tied to Later Cancer Risk

Posted 14 Oct 2013 by

MONDAY, Oct. 14 – Overweight teens are at increased for developing esophageal cancer later in life, new research says. Esophageal cancer occurs when a tumor develops in the tube that connects the throat with the stomach. In addition, social and economic status, and education levels appear to be factors in the development of stomach (or "gastric") cancer, the study indicated. The study included 1 million male teens in Israel who underwent a general health checkup at an average age of 17 between 1967 and 2005. The participants were followed for between 30 months and nearly 40 years, with an average follow-up of nearly 19 years. Overweight teens had a more than two-fold increased risk of developing esophageal cancer later in life, while poor teens had more than twice the risk of developing intestinal-type stomach cancer, the study authors found. Teens with nine years or less of education ... Read more

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HPV May Also Raise Risk of Throat Cancer

Posted 24 Jul 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, July 24 – People infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) have a threefold increased risk of developing the most common type of esophageal cancer, according to a new analysis. Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is usually diagnosed at a late state and therefore has a very high death rate. It is the sixth leading cause of cancer death worldwide. The esophagus is the tube leading from the throat to the stomach. Leading causes of this particular type of cancer include smoking, alcohol use, drinking extremely hot liquids, eating lots of red meat and possibly environmental toxins in the diet, according to study authors. "HPV is another factor which we can add to a long list of causes," study lead author Surabhi Liyanage, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales, in Australia, said in a university news release. The findings, published July 24 in the journal PLoS ... Read more

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More Stomach, Esophageal Cancers Seen in AIDS Patients Than Others

Posted 8 Oct 2012 by

SATURDAY, Oct. 6 – AIDS patients are at higher risk for esophageal and stomach cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed U.S. data collected from 1980 to 2007 to compare the risks of esophageal and stomach cancer in nearly 600,000 people with AIDS and among people in the general population. People with AIDS had a 69 percent greater risk of esophageal cancer and 44 percent greater risk of stomach cancer. They also had a greater risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (tumors of the immune cells) in the stomach and esophagus. The researchers also found that people with AIDS had a 53 percent increased risk of cancer in the lower stomach. Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the causes of this type of stomach cancer, the researchers said, so increased prevalence of H. pylori in people with AIDS may be one explanation for their increased risk. The ... Read more

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Avoiding Alcohol May Cut Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Posted 17 Sep 2012 by

MONDAY, Sept. 17 – Chronic drinkers who stop consuming alcohol can cut their risk for esophageal cancer in half within four to five years, according to a new evidence review. In the analysis of nine studies, Swedish researchers found drinkers' risk of this type of cancer is reversible if they stop drinking, but it takes them up to 16 years to return to the risk level of people who don't drink. The study by researchers at Lund University appeared in a recent issue of the journal Addiction, and included an outside commentary by a group including Boston University Medical Center researchers that found the new research "well done." The study, however, may not have accounted enough for other factors, such as the interaction of smoking and drinking on cancer risk, according to a university news release. Previous studies show that reducing cancer among non-smokers may be achieved with cutting ... Read more

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Untreated Heartburn May Raise Risk for Esophageal Cancer, Study Says

Posted 25 Jul 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, July 25 – Rates of esophageal cancer have surged due to a lack of awareness about what causes the disease and how it can be prevented, experts say. The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. There were six times as many cases of esophageal cancer in 2001 as there were in 1975, according to a team from the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers noted that one key way people can reduce their risk for the disease is by managing heartburn and acid reflux, often called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. "Obesity and poor diet have spiked the numbers suffering from acid reflux," Dr. V. Raman Muthusamy, associate clinical professor of medicine and endoscopy director at the UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders, said in a university news release. If left untreated, GERD can cause stomach acid to wash ... Read more

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Pre-op Treatments Boost Survival for Esophageal Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 30 May 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30 – Patients with esophageal cancer who receive chemotherapy and radiation before surgery have better outcomes, Dutch researchers report. "We think that patients with esophageal cancer have the best chance to survive this cancer when they are treated with preoperative chemo-radiotherapy followed by surgery," said lead researcher Dr. Ate van der Gaast, from the medical oncology department at Erasmus University Hospital in Rotterdam. "By giving preoperative chemo-radiotherapy, more patients are cured than with surgery alone." In the United States, more than 17,000 people will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer and more than 15,000 will die from it this year, according to the American Cancer Society. For the study, published in the May 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the Dutch team randomly assigned nearly 400 people with esophageal cancer either to ... Read more

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Chronic Heartburn May Boost Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Posted 18 May 2012 by

FRIDAY, May 18 – Inflammation caused by chronic heartburn may increase the risk of esophageal cancer, a new study finds. The condition – formally known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus doesn't close properly, allowing stomach contents to leak back into the esophagus and irritate it. GERD can lead to changes in the tissue lining the esophagus, a condition called Barrett's esophagus, often a precursor to esophageal cancer. In the study, researchers looked at nearly 34,000 GERD patients in Denmark and found that 77 percent had inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, a condition called erosive reflux disease. During an average follow-up time of 7.4 years, 0.11 percent of patients developed esophageal cancer. The incidence of esophageal cancer among GERD patients with erosive disease was much higher than that of the general ... Read more

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Less-Invasive Surgery for Esophageal Cancer Might Be Safer

Posted 1 May 2012 by

MONDAY, April 30 – Besides being easier on the patient, minimally invasive surgery to remove the esophagus of patients with esophageal cancer can also greatly reduce the risk of lung infection compared to traditional open surgery, a new study finds. Dutch researchers also found that patients who undergo this less-invasive procedure have much shorter hospital stays and a better short-term quality of life than those who have open surgery, which requires cutting through a patient's chest. One U.S. expert was impressed with the findings. The study "goes a long way to encouraging esophageal surgeons to seriously consider minimally invasive surgery for their patients with surgically resectable [removable] esophageal cancers," said Dr. Jonathan Aviv, clinical director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Removal of part of or the entire esophagus ... Read more

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