Link between lifestyle factors and oesophageal cancer confirmed

New report confirms links between overweight & obesity, drinking alcohol, drinking hot mate & oesophageal cancer

28 July 2016

World Cancer Research Fund International publishes an analysis of global research today, which finds strong evidence that being overweight or obese causes oesophageal adenocarcinoma (cancer at the junction of the oesophagus and stomach).

The report also found strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases the risk of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma, which is cancer of the oesophagus lining.

There was also strong evidence that drinking mate increases the risk of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

These findings all support the conclusions of our last review of worldwide research - the 2007 Second Expert Report - which also linked oesophageal cancer with these risk factors, but now we are able to specify the subtype of oesophageal cancer that each risk factor affects.

These findings come at a time when oesophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of death from cancer, making it one of the most deadly cancers in the world. This is particularly an issue in developing countries where 80% of all cases of oesophageal cancer occur.

It was concluded that about a third of all cases of oesophageal cancer could be prevented every year by following our Cancer Prevention Recommendations to have a healthy diet, be physically active and maintain a healthy weight.

Read the full details on all the report's findings and conclusions.