Esophageal Cancer
 

What Is Esophageal Cancer?
 

Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus. Symptoms often include difficulty in swallowing and weight loss, and may include pain when swallowing, a hoarse voice, enlarged lymph nodes (“glands”) around the collarbone, a dry cough, and possibly coughing up or vomiting blood. There are 2 main types of esophageal cancer:

Since 2018, it has advanced from being the 8th to the 6th most common cause of cancer death worldwide and is found to be more common in men than in women.

Esophageal Cancer Symptoms
Esophageal Cancer Causes.

Causes of Esophageal Cancer
 

As with most cancers, the cause of esophageal cancer is not exactly known, but it is believed to be related to abnormalities (mutations) in the DNA of the cells related to the esophagus. The following is an extensive list of contributing factors, including but not limited to…

Risk Factors:

  • Being Male
    • Men are 3 to 4 times more likely than women to develop esophageal cancer
  • Having Any of the Following Diseases:
  • Any Form of Tobacco Use:
    • Chewing Tobacco
      • Major risk factor
    • Smoking
  • Alcohol Abuse / Consumption
    • To reduce your risk, the American Cancer Society recommends limiting alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men. A drink is either of the following:
      • 12 ounces of beer
      • 5 ounces of wine
      • 1.5 ounces of liquor
  • Increasing Age
    • People between the ages of 45 and 70 have the highest risk
  • Race / Ethnicity
    • African Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop ESCC
  • Diet
    • Eating lots of red meats (i.e. beef, pork, lamb or liver) and especially processed meats (i.e. hot dogs & luncheon meats)
    • Not eating enough poultry, fruits and vegetables
    • Habitually Drinking Very Hot Liquids
    • Accidental Consumption of Lye or Lye Products (i.e. Drain Cleaners)
      • Children who have accidentally swallowed lye have an increased risk of getting ESCC
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to Chemical Fumes (Usually in the Workplace)

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