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Risk Factors

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 Risk factors include the following:

  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Barrett’s esophagus: A condition in which the cells lining the lower part of the esophagus have changed or been replaced with abnormal cells that could lead to cancer of the esophagus. Gastric reflux (the backing up of stomach contents into the lower section of the esophagus) may irritate the esophagus and, over time, cause Barrett’s esophagus
  • Older age
  • Being male
  • Being African-American
 
 
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