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March 31, 2014

What are the Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is a form of cancer that’s present in the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach and helps carry the food you swallow to your stomach for digestion.

Esophageal cancer can be difficult to detect early, since the early stages of the cancer usually causes no symptoms.

It is important to speak to your doctor about the following signs and symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Burning sensation in the chest
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent choking on food
  • Coughing or hoarseness
  • Heartburn or indigestion

Also, if you have Barrett’s esophagus, it is important to speak to your doctor about your risk of developing esophageal cancer.

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