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Esophagus

The esophagus is an organ that allows food to pass from the oropharynx into the stomach. More than half a million people each year are diagnosed with some sort of malignancy of the esophagus.

Esophageal cancer is one of the most common and most deadly forms of cancer, particularly in the developing world.

This cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage and therefore carries a dire prognosis. Major risk factors include things like drinking alcohol, smoking or using chewing tobacco.

In the United States, one of the fastest rising cancers is esophageal adenocarcinoma, which stems from gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Animal models can help study this disease, and while rats and mice are the most commonly used test animals, pigs may provide a better solution due to their anatomical, physiological and pharmacological similarities to humans.

Other studies have used pig models to explore long-term regeneration and remodeling of the esophagus. Animal Biotech has spent nearly 30 years helping bring these studies to life with our selection of live porcine models and pig tissues. Contact us today to learn more.