Esophageal Cancer

Get the latest news and expert information on cancer of the esophagus, including causes, risk factors, warning signs, treatments, and patient stories.

Are You at Risk for Cancer of the Esophagus?

Esophageal cancer is rare, and the exact causes aren't well known, but research suggests that these steps may help reduce your risk.

Latest

Weight Gain and Obesity Increase Cancer Risk

Being overweight or obese puts you at increased risk for many health problems—including esophageal and upper stomach cancer, according to a new study.

More Cancers Linked to Weight

As obesity rates keep rising, a new study finds even more connections between high BMI and many cancers, including colon, breast, blood, and brain cancers.

3 Ways to Treat GERD

Treating gastroesophageal reflux disease is important because it can lead to serious complications, such as ulcers and esophageal cancer.

By HealthAfter50

Can Chives Prevent Prostate Cancer?

Eating allium vegetables like chives can help prevent prostate, stomach, and colorectal cancers, thanks to their rich organosulfur compounds.

By Allison Bush

Meet the Experts

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Health News

Study Links Bacteria That Cause Gum Disease to Esophageal Cancer

A study by researchers at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Center at NYU Langone Health in New York links certain types of bacteria that lead to gum disease (also called periodontal disease) with an increased risk for cancer of the esophagus. Results o...

New Test Could Screen for Several Types of Cancer at Once

Researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore say they’ve developed a single blood test that can detect eight types of cancer and help identify the location of the disease. Called CancerSEEK, the t...

The High Cost of Not Taking Your Meds

There’s no doubt about it: Many drug prices have skyrocketed in recent years. But adding to that cost and often underestimated: Nonoptimized medications, that is, drugs that are not taken as prescribed or not prescribed at the right dose or for the r...

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