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How to Prevent Esophageal Cancer

Reducing Your Risk Factor for Esophageal Cancer


Updated August 23, 2008

There are a few lifestyle changes everyone can make in an effort to prevent or reduce their risk of esophageal cancer. The good news is that most of these esophageal cancer prevention tips will also help prevent many other types of cancer.

Keep in mind though that not all cases of esophageal cancer are preventable, just like any other type of cancer. There are factors such as age, gender, race, and genetics that all can play a role in the formation of esophageal cancer.

How to Prevent Esophageal Cancer

  1. If you smoke, stop! Smoking is a major risk factor for esophageal cancer. Smoking causes acid reflux and also damages cell DNA of the esophagus. Quitting smoking is easier than you think. With the right help and support, you'll be on your way to being a non-smoker! Check out About Smoking Cessation, a site devoted to kicking the habit.

  2. Limit alcohol consumption. Long term alcohol abuse is not only terrible for your overall health, it's a risk factor for esophageal cancer. Limit your alcohol intake or quit drinking alcohol. Need help quitting? Check out About Alcoholism, a recovery support site that will help put you in the right direction.

  3. Eat healthy! Eating healthy foods is a good way to reduce your risk factor for many diseases. Eating fresh fruits, especially those that are dark green or yellow in color are great in cancer prevention.

  4. Keep a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk factor for developing esophageal cancer. In fact, if you are an obese man with esophageal cancer, your are 50% more likely to die of the disease. Weight loss is possible! Check out About Weightloss and About Exercise for excellent guidance and support.

  5. Don't let heartburn go untreated. Chronic heartburn raises your risk factor for esophageal cancer. If you experience heartburn often, see your doctor. There are many medications, both OTC and prescription) that can be taken to alleviate heartburn.

Source: The May Clinic: Esophageal Cancer
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