Esophageal Cancer Cases Increasing in Middle-Age Adults
A team of researchers assessed the trends in the incidence and outcomes of “young-onset” esophageal adenocarcinoma using a population-based database. Published on December 11, 2020, their study found esophageal adenocarcinoma incidence has increased in patients <50 years of age, with an annual percentage change of 2.9%, from 1975 to 2015.
Patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma < 50 years present at more advanced stages with higher esophageal adenocarcinoma–specific mortality than older peer-groups.
These researchers suggest 'current diagnostic and management strategies for young-onset esophageal adenocarcinoma may need to be reevaluated.'