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The incidence of adenocarcinoma (type of esophageal cancer) is risking rapidly in the US with diagnosis occurring at 6 times the rate of 25 years ago - ie prevalence increased from 4 to 23 cases per million population. The previously rare condition now affects more about half of the 14,250 esophageal cancer patients. It is now considered the fastest growing cancer in the US. Patients with Barrett's esophagus (caused by long-term acid reflux) are more prone to adenocarcinoma. Experts are still puzzled over the reason for the dramatic increase.
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About: Adenocarcinoma incidence is increasing dramatically
Date: 27 January 2005
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