Epidemiologic and clinical research has revealed many risk factors which, taken together, can help estimate a person’s probability of developing this cancer. These include demographic factors, host and lifestyle factors, medications, family history, and genetic markers. IC-RISC™ uses an individual’s risk factor profile to estimate his/her absolute risk of developing EA over the next ten years.
While incidence of this cancer has increased, it is still relatively rare. To put this in perspective, risk of developing EA is displayed in the context of risk of dying from other cancers or from causes such as injury, stroke or heart disease. In this way the tool can help inform discussions between a health provider and patient regarding:
- how personal risk of EA fits into the “bigger picture” of health and disease,
- whether preventive actions are indicated to possibly reduce risk of EA and other conditions, and
- whether additional tests and procedures might be warranted to identify and manage those with high risk profiles.
IC-RISC was developed with support from the National Cancer Institute (K05CA124911).
This is a beta version, so give it a try — I’d appreciate any feedback: