Dr. Jessica Petrick and colleagues reported on childhood obesity and subsequent risk of esophageal and gastric cancer in over 60,000 young Danish men. This is one of the first studies that indicate that reduction in obesity between childhood and adulthood may reduce subsequent risk.
This review summarizes the current recommendations for screening populations at high risk of developing esophagogastric cancers.
Michelle Hill and colleagues from the QIMR Berghofer in Queensland, AU, take a close look at non-invasive methods for collecting cells from the esophageal lining, and the role of blood-based biomarkers in risk stratification.
This provocative study, while based on a chart review, suggests that persons with obstructive sleep apnea have a three-fold increased risk of BE even after controlling for obesity and reflux symptoms.
This paper describes the development of the IC-RISC™ calculator and provides examples of its application in the general population and among persons with Barrett’s esophagus. (See “What’s Your Risk” menu above for the actual calculator.)
This study is one of the first to suggest that, among patients with severe obesity, weight loss surgery might induce histologic regression of BE to normal lining.