smoking and alcohol consumption are generally thought to be contributory causes of cancer in Barrett's Oesophagus (CBO). However, until now no population based studies have been performed. A unique opportunity for such a study was afforded by the finding of a high prevalence of Barrett's oesophagus (BO) amongst intellectually disabled individuals (IDI) in residential care who do not smoke or drink alcohol.
European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Department of Epidemiology

Bühmer, C. J. M., Hop, W., Meuwissen, S. G. M., & van Blankenstein, M. (1998). The role of alcohol and smoking in the aetiology of carcinoma of Barrett’ oesophagus: An exercise in serendipity. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 10(12). Retrieved from

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