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Trouble swallowing and chest pain? – Esophageal Cancer Symptoms Checker

 

The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects your mouth and stomach, allowing the food to pass through. Esophageal cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells in this, particularly important organ.

Esophageal Cancer is a condition in which there is an abnormal growth of damaged cells of the esophagus. The esophagus is a hollow and muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. It lies between the trachea (or windpipe) and the spine (or vertebral column). On average, it has a longitude of 25 to 33 cm in adults. It forms part of the Gastrointestinal Tract and allows food transport from the mouth to the stomach. 

The esophagus divides itself into 4 layers, and one of them divides itself into three. The innermost layer is the mucosa layer. It divides itself into three: The epithelium (Where most cancers begin), the lamina propria, and the muscularis mucosa. After this comes the submucosa, a layer highly vascularized and with several nerves—the muscularis propria or the thick muscle layer that allows the movement of the esophagus. And finally, the adventitia, which covers the esophagus on the outside.

There are two main types of esophageal cancer, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. The risk factors for developing this disease are the same. However, certain factors can be changed while others not. For example, age, gender, and the familiar history of previous cancer cannot be changed. On the other hand, risk factors like alcohol intake, tobacco use, obesity, diet, and many others play a major role in developing the disease.

Esophageal cancer is currently the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Recent data says that it will affect over 19,000 people in 2021. The risk of contracting this disease is about 1 in 125 men and 1 in 417 women. It accounts for 1% of all the diagnosed cancers in the United States. Nonetheless, this is a disease that is more common in third-world countries rather than first-world countries.

The tool is an Esophageal Cancer Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

The esophageal cancer symptoms at early stages may not be detected. When patients feel any symptoms, it is already in a later stage of the disease. The symptoms a patient may feel are trouble swallowing (Dysphagia), chest pain, weight loss, pressure, or burning in the chest, among others. However, if a patient feels any of these symptoms, that does not mean they have cancer. Other diseases may cause similar symptoms.

The treatment for esophageal cancer varies greatly depending on the stage of the disease, the type of cells, and the overall status health of the patient. Many doctors will recommend a surgical solution to remove the esophageal tumor and nearby lymph nodes. However, some cases will require other treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted drug therapy.

Doctors must run several tests for diagnosing esophageal cancer, such as biopsies and imaging exams. Among the imaging exams, the doctors may include CT Scans or PET Scans to determine cancer extension. Also, they will ask for an upper endoscopy and a biopsy of any abnormality found during the endoscopy. This sample will undergo several lab tests to determine the presence of cancerous genes or proteins.

Keep in mind that this tool does not replace an adequate assessment by a medical doctor or all the necessary laboratory and imaging exams for the diagnosis. The tool will only talk about a likelihood because many other diseases could have similar symptoms and risk factors. 

Using the tool is free and would only take a few minutes. Find out if you have risk factors or your symptoms are compatible with Esophageal Cancer.

  • Question of

    Do you have more than 55 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are you a male?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you use cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or chewing tobacco every week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day or more?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you drink alcohol every week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? Or, do you regularly have heartburn or pain that seems to come from the middle of the chest after eating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been diagnosed with achalasia?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been diagnosed with lung cancer, mouth cancer, or throat cancer?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been diagnosed with tylosis?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have obesity? (please search in google the “BMI formula,” and with your weight and height, it will calculate that diagnosis)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you frequently drink very hot liquids (temperatures of 149° F or 65° C, which are much hotter than a typical cup of coffee)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have trouble swallowing? (It can feel like the food is stuck in the throat or chest and can even cause you to choke on your food. This is often mild when it starts and then gets worse over time)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have chest pain, mostly while or immediately after eating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been losing weight unintentionally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a long-lasting cough for some time now?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have hoarseness?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have deeply black-colored stools?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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