Diseases of the Esophagus by G. J. Huang (auth.), J. R. Siewert M.D. FACS, A. H. Hölscher

By G. J. Huang (auth.), J. R. Siewert M.D. FACS, A. H. Hölscher M.D. (eds.)

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4% of patients. 7% of patients. Of the potential etiologic factors in the development of esophageal cancer, smoking and alcoholism were analyzed because of their considerable observed frequency. Classification of the carcinomas according to localization in the esophagus and histologic type is presented in Tables 3 and 4. The frequency of alcohol consumption and smoking among our patients is shown in Table 5. In 161 of 266 men there were data concerning these factors. Table 3. 7 100 Esophageal Cancer in Croatia (Yugoslavia) 23 Table 4.

There are several reasons why surgeons should be interested in the epidemiology of cancer apart from the intellectual interest in the figures alone or their use in searching for aetiology and subsequently prevention of the disease. " It is absolutely essential to have details about the original patient population treated because all surgical series have some bias of selection. Epidemiological data will give the overall incidence in a country but this must be standardised by reference to a standard population with regard to age and sex.

Conference and workshop on cancer epidemiology in Latin America (1983) Opportunities for collaborative research. JNCI 70:979 3. Colombian National Tumour Registry Health Ministry 1980 4. Equador. National Institute of Census and Statistics 1985 20 H. W. Pinotti: Epidemiology of Esophageal Cancer in South America 5. Medina E, Csendes A, Kirschbaum A, Pascual JP, Medina MR (1983) Aspectos epidemiologicos de cancer del esofago en Chile. Rev Med Chile 111 :299 6. Pinotti HW, Felix VN, Oliveira MA de (1982) Megaesofago e doenQas associadas.

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