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Oesophageal cancer doubles

31st August 2010

Data from Cancer Research UK has shown that cancers of the oesophagus have increased substantially since 1983.

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The statistics showed that oesophageal cancer doubled in males over a 25-year time frame, from 1983-2007.

However, incidences of the cancer in females only increased by 8% during the same period.

The research team said the difference could be caused by men's tendency to gain weight around their midriff area, along with genetics.

The cancer is the ninth most prevalent type in Britain and has a survival rate of only 8% over five years.

The research showed that 2,600 males received a diagnosis of the disease in 1983 (9.6 in every 100,000 males).

The most recent data showed that 5,100 males had the disease in 2007 (14.4 in every 100,000 males).

Males in their 50s showed the most significant increase in diagnoses of the disease, with an increase of 67% since 1983.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "These new figures are particularly concerning as oesophageal cancer is a very difficult cancer to treat."

"Oesophageal cancer rates have risen dramatically in the UK compared with many other Western countries so we need to determine the underlying causes."

 

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