Researchers from the UK have developed a new test for oesophageal cancer. The full article can be found here, at ABC News.
Oesophageal cancer is a form of cancer estimated to affect approximately 50,000 people living in the United States. It is more common in men than women, and people aged over 60. It affects the oesophagus, which is a tube connecting the throat and stomach. People with the disease may develop symptoms including swallowing difficulties, heartburn, weight loss, and pain in the chest, back, or upper stomach. If the cancer is caught at an early stage it is easier to treat, however, oesophageal cancer often presents few symptoms and so may remain undiagnosed for a long period. Developing better ways to test for the cancer is key to its early diagnosis and improved outcomes.