Each year in the U.S., more than 18,000 people are diagnosed with esophageal cancer. While this cancer is more prevalent in men, it’s important for everyone to recognize the symptoms so it can be diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Depending on the stage at which the patient is diagnosed there are different treatments and survival rates. You can learn more about the stages of esophagus cancer with an online search.
There are many ways you can lower your risk factor for developing esophageal cancer. With a search online, you can find out which lifestyle choices are directly linked to this disease.
Here’s what you should know about esophagus cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Esophagus Cancer
The esophagus is a long and hollow tube that runs from your throat down to your stomach, allowing food to be swallowed and digested. Cancer will usually begin in the cells lining the inside of the esophagus and can spread further within and outside the organ.
People may not experience symptoms until the cancer has become more advanced. Some symptoms may include:
- Difficulty or pain with swallowing
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
If you’re experiencing persistent symptoms, you should get checked by a doctor. You should also be aware of the risk factors associated with esophageal cancer that may be relevant to your symptoms.