Reducing Your Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Eat a Balanced, Healthful Diet
Get Regular Exercise
Avoid Ingesting Irritants
- Very hot beverages
- Toxins in pickled vegetables
Avoid Environmental Irritants
Get Proper Care for Other Conditions
- Acid reflux disease—Don’t neglect frequent heartburn . This condition can be treated effectively. Make sure that you talk to your doctor.
- Obesity—Increased weight increases acid reflux problems, which increases the risk of cancer. If you need to lose weight, talk with your doctor or consult with a dietitian.
- Achalasia—If you have achalasia , a disorder of the smooth muscles in the esophagus, talk with your doctor about how best to treat it.
- Nutritional deficiencies—These deficiencies are quite rare in developed countries. You may be able to take a vitamin or mineral supplement to resolve the problem. Consult with your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements.
Talk to Your Doctor About the Benefits of Aspirin
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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