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Esophageal cancer must be treated aggressively. Your treatment plan may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, depending on the type of your tumor, its stage, and your overall health.
Esophageal Cancer is a relatively rare cancer, ranking 18th among cancers diagnosed in the U.S. The most recent data estimates 16,910 cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. for 2016. Though this represents only 1% of all cancers diagnosed, it accounts for 2.6% of all cancer deaths. Esophageal cancer is 3 X more likely to occur in men then in women, with the highest prevalence occurring in white and african american males. The most frequent age range of diagnosis is from 65-74 years old and the median age of diagnosis is 67 years old.
Understanding the risks associated with esophageal cancer and being aware of the symptoms in order to aid in detection is important. In this helpful guide, we explain esophageal cancer, how it is detected, and how it is treated.