About Esophageal Cancer
Two types of Esophageal Cancer:
Adenocarcinoma, the type most common in the western world, which usually results from long-lasting reflux disease, and
Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which is often linked to smoking and drinking
Esophageal Cancer is Deadly and INCREASING RAPIDLY
The type of Esophageal Cancer caused by reflux disease is increasing at a faster rate than any other cancer in the U.S. Sadly, only those who catch their cancer at the earliest stages are likely to be cured. So finding this cancer early is very important.
Only one in five patients diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer will survive five years because it is most often caught at late stages. The disease is often only discovered when patients have a hard time swallowing because of a large tumor in their esophagus.
Though considered a rare disease, Esophageal Cancer takes more American lives each year than melanoma skin cancer or cervical cancer.