Esophageal cancer cases in England 2017, by age and gender

In 2017, over 7.5 thousand people in England were diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The most affected age group was among those aged 70 to 74 years with 1,037 diagnoses in men of this age and 372 cases for women. The esophagus is also known as the gullet and is the tube that carries food to the stomach.

Lifestyles which increase risk of developing esophageal cancer

Certain harmful behaviors can increase the risk of a person developing esophageal cancer such as smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol according to the NHS. As of 2016, almost 20 percent of men in England were regular smokers as well as 15 percent of women. Additionally, around 20 percent of males in age groups below 65 years frequently engage in binge drinking. While women have a slightly lower prevalence in all age groups apart among those aged 16 to 24 years, where the frequency is the same for both genders.

Another aspect is diet

Having a healthy diet is also an extra way to abet esophageal cancer, in particular the consumption of fruit and vegetables. The recommend advice is to consume at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. In 2017/18, among adults in England, 32 percent of women and 26 percent of men declared that they consume five portions or more per day. On the contrary, nine and six percent of men and women respectively in England reported consuming no fruit or vegetables on a typical day.

Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of esophageal cancer in England in 2017, by age group and gender*

Age groupMenWomen
90 and over156186
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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* The source adds that cancer registrations in England can take up to 5 years after the end of a given calendar year to reach 100% completeness, due to the continuing accrual of late registrations. The data has been assessed as 98% complete and published figures are likely to increase in future publications when late registrations are included.

Esophageal cancer medical term = malignant neoplasm of esophagus

No new registrations in this year for those aged under 20 years in either gender.

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