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.
The IC-RISC™ (“Interactive & Contextual RISk Calculator”) web application uses an individual’s risk factor profile to estimate his/her absolute risk of developing EAC (esophageal adenocarcinoma) over the next ten years. This educational tool is meant to inform discussions between a health provider and patient regarding:
- how personal risk of EA fits into the “bigger picture” of health and disease,
- whether preventive actions are indicated to possibly reduce risk of EA and other conditions, and
- whether additional tests and procedures might be warranted to identify and manage those with high risk profiles.