Published online Sep 14, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i34.5598
Revised: July 13, 2013
Accepted: July 17, 2013
Published online: September 14, 2013
Core tip: Here, we investigated the epidemiologic patterns and causes of esophageal cancer. Using population based cancer data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program of the United States; we generated the most up-to-date stage distribution and 5-year relative survival by stage at diagnosis for 1998-2009.