This kind of cancer develops very fast and many people think that it is just acid reflux
Research shows that the number of people diagnosed with esophageal cancer is continually increasing and what’s more, this number is expected to be over 140% by 2025.
Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Your esophagus carries food you swallow to your stomach to be digested.
Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus, but in people in the United States, it occurs most often in the lower portion of the esophagus. More men than women get esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer occurs when cells in your esophagus develop errors (mutations) in their DNA.
The errors make cells grow and divide out of control. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor in the esophagus that can grow to invade nearby structures and spread to other parts of the body.
Esophageal cancer isn’t common in the United States. In other areas of the world, such as Asia and parts of Africa, esophageal cancer is much more common.
Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
-Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
-Chest pain, pressure or burning
-Worsening indigestion or heartburn
-Coughing or hoarseness
If you’ve been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition that increases your risk of esophageal cancer caused by chronic acid reflux, ask your doctor what signs and symptoms to watch for that may signal that your condition is worsening.
Based on the experience of Jay Rensberger from America, doctors warn that ignoring problems such as acid reflux could lead to fatal consequences.
Namely, Jay suffered from acid reflux for a long time, until his wife forced him to visit the doctor. Even after taking medicines, the acid flux was getting worse, so they sent him to the endoscopy, a procedure which examines and pictures the inside of the esophagus, and after that the gastrointestinal tract.
During the examination, he was diagnosed with esophagus cancer which was immediately removed by surgery. But, Rensberges was lucky to have the cancer detected on time.
However, esophagus cancer is almost never discovered on time, since the symptoms, like acid reflux and difficulties in swallowing, are rarely linked to this disease. Consequently, the death rate in these cases is high and only 20% of people manage to survive.