April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month and we want you to know the FACTS! Esophageal Cancer has two forms, Adenocarcinoma, usually resulting from long-lasting reflux disease, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which is often linked to smoking and drinking. This specific type of cancer is deadly and increasing rapidly in the United States.
Esophageal Cancer Survival in the United States:
- Esophageal cancer has increased over 733% in the past 4 decades; making it the fastest growing cancer in the United States and other western countries.
- Many are unaware that chronic heartburn (acid reflux/GERD) is a primary risk factor.
- Symptoms often occur once the cancer has spread and become difficult to treat.
- There are NO routine or standard screenings to detect esophageal cancer in earlier stages.
- Only 18.8% of patients diagnosed will survive 5(+) years.
- In 2019 an estimated 17,650 new diagnoses, and 16,080 deaths.
- 70% of esophageal cancer in the U.S. is diagnosed with regional lymph nodes affected or distant metastasis.
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. Awareness, early detection, and an effective attack are critical. A screening known as Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE) is offered here at ENT Institute that can check for cancer and other esophagus-related disorders; call the ENT Institute today!