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Reducing Your Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Eat a Balanced, Healthful Diet
Avoid Ingesting Irritants
- Very hot beverages
- Toxins in pickled vegetables
Avoid Environmental Irritants
Get Proper Care for Other Conditions
- Acid reflux disease—Don’t neglect frequent heartburn . This condition can be treated effectively. Make sure that you talk to your doctor.
- Obesity—Increased weight increases acid reflux problems, which increases the risk of cancer. If you need to lose weight, talk with your doctor or consult with a dietitian.
- Achalasia—If you have achalasia , a disorder of the smooth muscles in the esophagus, talk with your doctor about how best to treat it.
- Nutritional deficiencies—These deficiencies are quite rare in developed countries. You may be able to take a vitamin or mineral supplement to resolve the problem. Consult with your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements.
Talk to Your Doctor About the Benefits of Aspirin
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Esophageal cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/esophageal. Accessed August 5, 2013.
Esophagus cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003098-pdf.pdf. Accessed August 5, 2013.
6/17/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Liu X, Wang X, et al. Dietary patterns and oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Cancer. 2014;110(11):2785-2795.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/28/2014