Have you heard the news? April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month! For the next 30 days, medical professionals worldwide will share knowledge and spread awareness regarding esophageal cancer, so we wanted to get you started with some general information about this critical disease.
What is it?
Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells surrounding the esophagus, which is the long hollow tube that connects the throat to the stomach. It can then spread through other layers of the esophagus and throughout the body. There are two kinds of this cancer: Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Esophageal Cancer Action Network).
Who Does It Affect?
While this cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, it is the seventh most common cancer that men suffer from. Statistics have shown that men are far more likely to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer than women are (Lucid Diagnostics). With that said, this cancer is known to be hereditary, so be sure to ask your family members about previous cancer diagnoses.
Unfortunately, esophageal cancer is often discovered during its fifth stage, and so people over 55 are likely to be diagnosed. Our hope is to help people catch their cancer as soon as possible, so please take a moment to read through the causes, symptoms, and esophageal cancer treatments to save a life.
Some Factors That Increase The Risk of Esophageal Cancer Are:
- Drinking Alcohol
- Having Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Having Bile Reflux
- Having Barret’s Esophagus (A Precancerous Condition)
Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer Are:
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Weight Loss Without Trying
- Chest Pain
- Indigestion or Heartburn
- Coughing or Hoarseness
If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms or feel that you are at risk for esophageal cancer, please reach out to your doctor for a consultation. Depending on your diagnosis, you may need to seek surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy (American Cancer Society). Talk to your doctor to determine which treatment is best for you.
To learn more about esophageal cancer, sign up for an upcoming eMedEvents conference such as:
Hosted by American Gastroenterological Association
Duration: 15 Minutes
Available Until: April 30th, 2022
Ticket Cost: Free
Hosted by Hematology/ Oncology/ Pharmacy Association (HOPA)
Credits: 3 CE Credit Hours
Available Until: August 30th, 2021
Ticket Cost: Begins at $120
Diagnostics, Lucid. “Esophageal Cancer Is the 7th Most Common Cause of Cancer Death among Men. Knowing the Facts Could Save a Life.Share in Support of #EsophagealCancerAwarenessMonth and for Those Who Have Been Impacted by Esophageal #Cancer Pic.twitter.com/X0iqjZGABC.” Twitter, Twitter, 28 Apr. 2020, twitter.com/LucidDiag/status/1255226121785925632?s=20.
“Esophageal Cancer Is Deadly and INCREASING RAPIDLY.” Esophageal Cancer Action Network, 21 Jan. 2019, ecan.org/facts/?gclid=CjwKCAjwjbCDBhAwEiwAiudBy3IQ6q8eJEqXZvebVzqPwYFwpxNAianN3TQL8gIFDWJ3-Oh_D5j3aBoCASkQAvD_BwE.
“What to Do If You Have Esophagus Cancer.” American Cancer Society, 20 Mar. 2020, www.cancer.org/cancer/esophagus-cancer/if-you-have-esophagus-cancer.html.