Most cancers of the oesophagus are caused by escaped stomach cells

Oesophageal cancer, computer illustration.

An illustration of an oesophageal tumour

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Most tumours of the oesophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach, are caused by escaped stomach cells that have become cancerous.

The finding makes it more likely that cancers of the gullet, also known as the oesophagus or food pipe, could be prevented by a screening method that identifies former stomach cells, says Rebecca Fitzgerald at the University of Cambridge.

The most common form of oesophagus tumour in the UK and other high-income countries is a type called adenocarcinoma, …

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