What is it?
The esophagus is perhaps one of the most overlooked organs in your body, but as the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach, it is one of the most important. Esophageal cancer starts when cells in the lining of your esophagus begin to grow abnormally. Over time the cancer may spread more deeply into the esophagus and even on to other organs. According to the American Cancer Society, "most esophageal cancers do not cause symptoms until they have reached an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat."
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If you are concerned or have questions about the symptoms related to esophageal cancer, the first thing you should do is check out these recommendations from the National Cancer Institute. The NCI will walk you through common symptoms that might indicate esophageal cancer, what tests your doctor will want to run, and what questions you should ask.
If you have received an esophageal cancer diagnosis, it can often be difficult to know what to expect. The National Cancer Institute will walk you through the different stages of cancer, the various treatments available, and questions you can ask your doctor. More Info.
Esophageal cancer is making news headlines as one of the fastest-moving & scariest cancer diagnoses possible. Take a few minutes to watch a video segment from Dr. Oz's show on 5 Fast-Moving Cancers: Biggest Risks & Best Solutions