6 Esophageal Cancer Symptoms to Look for

Esophageal cancer can sneak up on you if heartburn and indigestion is a chronic issue for you. Don’t be fooled by short-term relief from over-the-counter antacids. Learn about 6 esophageal cancer symptoms to look for.

The Overlooked Part of the Digestive Systemesophageal cancer.

In order for food to be digested, it must pass from your mouth, down your esophagus, to your stomach to begin the digestive process. We hear a lot about colon cancer, stomach cancer and the like, but we never seem to focus on the esophagus.

The esophagus is a hollow tube, and esophageal cancer begins in cells that line the inside of the esophagus. A person who lives with frequent indigestion and heartburn may not realize what they might be doing to their esophagus. They don’t think these symptoms are serious enough to visit their doctor, and many times this can continue for years.

In addition, early signs of esophageal cancer may not be present, so it becomes hard to decipher if things have worsened or changed. Once you recognize some new or worsening symptoms, at that point, the cancer may be at an advanced stage.

Common Esophageal Symptoms to Look for

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is common among today’s fast-paced society. We eat fast and move on to the next task. If the sphincter at the end of the esophagus leading to the stomach does not work properly, food and bile can flow back up through the esophagus causing slow damage to your esophagus. If you suffer with this, it is time to see a gastroenterologist to get a proper diagnosis and treatments to reduce the inflammation.

Losing weight for no reason and without trying should be a red flag for everyone. Most of us are on a constant diet, so this appears to be a happy change. It’s not.

Difficulty swallowing is not normal. Someone having trouble getting their food down their throat is an indication there may be a blockage. This may cause vomiting.

Coughing and frequently having a hoarse voice can indicate an inflamed or narrowed esophagus.

Burning chest pains that are getting worse is a symptom of esophageal cancer.

Noticeably worsening indigestion problems and heartburn should be checked by a gastroenterologist.

Of course, some of these signs can indicate other types of medical conditions. Don’t guess!

If you have any of the above digestive problems, don’t wait to see Dr. Brevetti for an evaluation. Call today to schedule an appointment at our office in Port Jefferson Station.