The African Esophageal Cancer Consortium: A Call to Action

Katherine Van Loon*, Michael M. Mwachiro, Christian C. Abnet, Larry Akoko, Mathewos Assefa, Stephen L. Burgert, Steady Chasimpha, Charles Dzamalala, David E. Fleischer, Satish Gopal, Prasad G. Iyer, Bongani Kaimila, Violet Kayamba, Paul Kelly, Maria E. Leon, Christopher G. Mathew, Diana Menya, Daniel Middleton, Yohannie Mlombe, Blandina T. MmbagaElia Mmbaga, Gift Mulima, Gwen Murphy, Beatrice Mushi, Ally Mwanga, Amos Mwasamwaja, M. Iqbal Parker, Natalie Pritchett, Joachim Schüz, Mark D. Topazian, Russell E. White, Valerie McCormack, Sanford M. Dawsey

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Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide and the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death; however, worldwide incidence and mortality rates do not reflect the geographic variations in the occurrence of this disease. In recent years, increased attention has been focused on the high incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) throughout the eastern corridor of Africa, extending from Ethiopia to South Africa. Nascent investigations are underway at a number of sites throughout the region in an effort to improve our understanding of the etiology behind the high incidence of ESCC in this region. In 2017, these sites established the African Esophageal Cancer Consortium. Here, we summarize the priorities of this newly established consortium: to implement coordinated multisite investigations into etiology and identify targets for primary prevention; to address the impact of the clinical burden of ESCC via capacity building and shared resources in treatment and palliative care; and to heighten awareness of ESCC among physicians, at-risk populations, policy makers, and funding agencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalJournal of Global Oncology
Early online date25 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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