According to latest findings, the number of people diagnosed with esophageal cancer is growing at a very fast rate. It is poised to reach a rate of 140% in the next 10 years.
The symptoms of this cancer are similar to ordinary health conditions like problems in swallowing and acid reflux. This is the reason most people will not go for a diagnoses.
Doctors are raising concerns that people should be cautious if they notice these symptoms. You should see your doctor to ensure that your diagnosis is not too late!
Jay Rensberger’s is a lucky example where he was just in time to get the diagnoses which helped save his life.
He had been suffering from acid reflux for some time and continued to refuse seeing a doctor. This was until his wife forced him to go and see a doctor. Initially, the doctors gave him medicines but his condition kept getting worse. Then his doctors asked him to get an endoscopy.
Endoscopy involves examining your gastrointestinal tract and esophagus. It is worth knowing that the chances of esophageal cancer in men are 4 times higher than in women.
He was shocked to find that he was suffering from esophageal cancer. But the doctors immediately operated and saved his life. Fortunately, his life was saved because the doctors found the cancer before it was too late.
Jay’s was a rare case because esophageal cancer is mostly not discovered in the initial stages. Symptoms like difficulty in swallowing and acid reflux are most often taken as something normal and people don’t take them seriously.
When diagnosed in the late stages, there is less than 20% chance that the patient survives.
Dr. Michael Sprang (gastroenterology) of the Medical University of Illinois states that even if you are suffering from acid reflux you should not get frightened. But if it doesn’t go after taking medicine, you should immediately see a doctor and get an endoscopy.