The number of people dying from oesophageal cancer has almost doubled in the past 40 years, according to Cancer Research UK.
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of gullet cancer
New figures published by Cancer Research UK show that 49% more people are dying from cancer of the gullet compared to data from the 1970s. Data shows that around 7,600 people die from the disease each year, in 1971 around 3,800 people died.
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol and obesity can all increase the risk of oesophageal cancer and men are much more aot risk than women. Death rates for men have increased by 65% since the 1970s, whilst for women the increase was just 9%.
An important factor of oesophageal cancer is persistent heartburn, also known as acid reflux, and if present should not be ignored, according to an oesophageal surgeon.
Mr Tim Underwood, an oesophageal surgeon and researcher for Cancer Research UK at the University of Southampton, said: “These figures are a clear reminder that we’ve still a long way to go with oesophageal cancer. We must do more to diagnose the disease as early as possible.
“These figures are a clear reminder that we’ve still a long way to go with oesophageal cancer. We must do more to diagnose the disease as early as possible.”
The figures mean that 13 in every 100,000 people will die from oesophageal cancer and one in 56 men will develop some form of the disease during their lifetime. It is now the sixth most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support, one in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime whilst the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) predicts that global cancer cases will surpass 19 million per year by 2025.
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