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Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention$
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David Schottenfeld and Joseph F. Fraumeni

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.001.0001

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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

Chapter:
(p.697) 36 Esophageal Cancer
Source:
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Author(s):

WILLIAM J. BLOT

JOSEPH K. MCLAUGHLIN

JOSEPH F. FRAUMENI

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0036

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

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