Prevention of Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Cancers

  • Elizabeth T. H. Fontham
Part of the Nutrition ◊ and ◊ Health book series (NH)


This chapter will focus on lifestyle factors associated with cancers of the esophagus and stomach. Unlike such major cancers as prostate and breast, whose etiologies remain obscure at the present time, hindering primary prevention, cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract offer well-defined intervention opportunities. Epidemiologic studies have clearly established the important role of alcohol, tobacco, and diet, and recent findings have documented the relation between infection with Helicobacter pylori and cancer of the stomach. These factors and their interactions will be discussed for cancers of each of these two sites, which together account for approx 35,000 new cases and 25,000 deaths annually in the United States (1).


Gastric Cancer Esophageal Cancer Pylorus Infection Natl Cancer Inst Stomach Cancer 
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