Oesophageal cancer, also known as oesophageal carcinoma, is a form of cancer of the oesophagus and generally starts in the mucous membrane. In recent years the number of cases of oesophageal cancer has risen sharply. Oesophageal cancer is mainly diagnosed in people over the age of 60 and affects more men than women. Typical symptoms include problems with swallowing and pain. The prognosis for oesophageal cancer is poor, unless the disease is detected at an early stage.
Oesophageal cancer and heredity
The risk of oesophageal cancer is determined to some extent by hereditary factors. To date it has been scientifically proven that a number of genes play a role in this. On the basis of your DNA it is therefore possible to see clearly whether you have an increased or reduced risk of developing oesophageal cancer.
Preventing oesophageal cancer
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent oesophageal cancer. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you.
Want to reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary diseases, including oesophageal cancer. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of oesophageal cancer, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk.
iGene: live a happier life thanks to the latest scientific insights
If you make use of the iGene message service, you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you to reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer even further, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.