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Oesophageal cancer increase in under 50s

Oesophageal adenocarcinoma cases have tripled in under 50s over the past 30 years, a new study has found.

The research, conducted in the Netherlands on almost 60,000 patients, found new cases of oesophageal adenocarcinoma had risen from 0.34 to 0.92 per 100,000 population between 1989 and 2018.

There was an average increase of 1.5% in males and 3% in females.

Experts believe the rise in cases reflects changes in lifestyle-related risk factors for the disease, with increases in unhealthy habits, including smoking, poor diet and reduced physical exercise.

Ali Al-Kaabi, lead author, said: “Gastro-oesophageal reflux, obesity and smoking are important risk factors for oesophageal adenocarcinoma.

“We also know that rates of these risk factors have all increased in young adults over the past 30 years.”

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