Esophageal cancer occurs in the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach and moves food into your stomach to be digested. While it can develop anywhere in the esophagus, esophageal cancer most commonly occurs in the cells lining the inside of the esophagus, and it is more common in men when compared to women.
Globally, esophageal cancer is the sixth most deadly form of cancer. There are regional variations in the prevalence of this cancer, with some regions having higher rates due to smoking, alcohol abuse, nutritional habits, and obesity.
- “In the early stages, I had no symptoms, but I began to experience a worsening of my usual bouts of heartburn.”
- “I felt burning and pressure in my chest, and I was losing weight without being on a diet.”
- “I developed a bad cough, and I had difficulty swallowing during meals.”