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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

This is the cancer that occurs in the esophagus, a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus and can occur anywhere along the esophagus. The cause for this condition isn't clear and occurs when cells in your esophagus develop errors in their DNA. There are several types of oesophageal cancers which depend on the type of cells that are involved.

The symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

• Chest pain, pressure or burning
• Fatigue
• Difficulty swallowing
• Indigestion
• Heartburn
• Coughing and hoarseness
• Frequent choking while eating
• Weight loss without trying

The factors that cause irritation in the cells of the esophagus that can increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer include:

• Smoking
• Being obese
• Eating few fruits and vegetables
• Drinking very hot liquids
• Chewing tobacco
• Having bile reflux
• Drinking alcohol
• Precancerous changes in the cells of the esophagus
• Difficulty swallowing
• Gastroesophagel reflux disease
• Undergoing radiation treatment for the upper abdomen or chest

Here are a few self-help measures:

• Eat smaller meals more frequently
• Choose easy to swallow foods
• Keep nourishing snacks within easy reach

Tips to consider for reducing your risk of developing esophageal cancer:

• Quit smoking and chewing tobacco
• Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
• Eat more vegetables and fruits
• Maintain a healthy weight

Contact your doctor if you have persistent symptoms that worry you!