20 May Esophageal Cancer and Barrett’s Esophagus: Middle-Aged Patients Face Rising Risk
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Bashar J. Qumseya, MD, MPH, FASGE
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief of Endoscopy
University of Florida, Gainesville
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Barrett’s esophagus (BE), is a premalignant condition that can lead to esophageal cancer (called esophageal adenocarcinoma). Both diseases have historically been thought of as diseases of elderly white males.
While both diseases have been on the rise in the elderly population, we noted that some cancers are becoming more common at younger ages. We wanted to see if the prevalence of BE and EC are increasing at younger ages. We aimed to assess the prevalence of BE in and EAC based on age group in a large database of over 5 million patients.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: If you have multiple risks factors for Barrett’s esophagus or Esophageal Cancer, consider having a discussion with your physician about your condition to decide if a screening procedure is appropriate. Risk factors include: family history of BE or EC, history of heartburn, obesity, smoking, obesity, white race, and male sex.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Further studies are needed to confirm these trends and access the benefits of screening at younger ages.
Any disclosures? Consultant: Medtronic
Citation: Abstract presented at 2022 DDW Conference May 2022
Alarming increase in prevalence of esophageal cancer and Barrett’s esophagus in middle-aged patients: findings from a statewide database of over five million patients
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