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Early and Subtle Warning Signs of Esophageal Cancer

2. Minor Difficulty Swallowing

Unfortunately, most of the signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer occur when the disease has already advanced, but you might find it sooner if you pay close attention. Difficulty swallowing is one of the most common signs to look for, yet many don’t notice any changes in swallowing because it builds up slowly. You might unknowingly start eating softer foods and chewing solid foods for longer in order to get it down. Eventually it gets to the point where you have trouble swallowing all foods.

Food feels like it gets stuck, and could cause you to choke. But for this sign, you need to notice difficulty swallowing when it’s very minor—once you get to the stage where you can barely swallow food and depend on liquid, the disease is much more advanced. The difficulty swallowing is from the cancer growing, causing the opening of the esophagus to get narrower until you can’t swallow food or even liquids. Knowing that difficulty swallowing can be a sign of esophageal cancer could help you identify small changes early on, resulting in an early diagnosis.

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