Oesophageal cancer preventability statistics
Oesophageal cancer incidence
In the UK in 2013, 8,779 cases of oesophageal cancer were diagnosed.
Of these cancer cases, 5,848 were in men and 2,931 were in women.
Oesophageal cancer mortality
Oesophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in the UK. In 2013, there were 7,750 deaths from oesophageal cancer.
Of these deaths, 5,275 were men and 2,475 were women.
By far the most important thing for reducing risk of oesophageal cancer is not smoking. But scientists also estimate the following proportion of oesophageal cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:
|Lifestyle factor||Increase or decrease risk?||Approximate % preventable|
|Alcohol (squamous cell carcinoma)||Increase||48|
|Body fatness (adenocarcenoma)||Increase||31|
There is strong evidence that maté, a hot drink popular in South America, also increases risk.