UK has the highest rate of esophageal cancer in Europe with 6.4 out of every 1,00,000 people developing esophageal cancer in the UK per year. These figures are almost double the European average of 3.3. The lowest rate in Europe was found in Cyprus (0.5). Mongolia has the highest rate in the world (18.7).
UK's high rate is partly due to high levels of alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity. Both these factors increase the risk for the disease.
Every year about 8,000 esophageal cancer cases are diagnosed in the UK and 7,000 people die owing to this cancer. only 8% of men and women are still alive 5-years after diagnosis.
These figures suggest lifestyle modifications are necessary to cut down the increasing rate of esophageal cancer.