Aust rates of rarer cancer higher

The study, from a specialist cancer agency of the World Health Organization, is the first to quantify the worldwide extent of each of the two main types of oesophageal cancer. While rates of SCC have remained fairly stable or have even fallen over the past few years, the findings show that those of AC have risen, particularly in high-income countries including Australia.

According to Bernard Smithers, professor of surgery at the Upper GI and Soft Tissue Unit of the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane,