Each year in America there are approximately 16,000 new diagnoses of esphogeal cancer, reports an article in Medical New Today. Unfortunately, according to the report, only 10% of those diagnosed survive the disease. The principal reason for this alarming statistic is the lack of early detection.
It is widely recognized that smokers are predisposed to esophageal cancer. However, as the article points out, there are several other contributing factors, including:
- Excessive alcohol consumption;
- Lye ingestion; and,
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn.
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