Esophagus cancer is a cancer found in the throat, in the tube that transports food from the mouth to the stomach. This type of cancer is often malignant, which means that it has the potential to spread to other parts of the body. In most cases, this type of cancer afflicts older adults, or those over 60 years of age, and is more commonly found in men than in women. While the causes of esophagus cancer are unknown, it is known that risks increase with smoking or excessive alcohol use.
Pay attention to any signs that you are developing any difficulty swallowing. This is often one of the first signs of esophagus cancer. While the cancer may already have developed, this is often the first indication that something is wrong, so be especially aware of it.
Notice if you experience pain when swallowing, as this is also an indication that things aren't right. If so, schedule a visit with your physician. Don't wait.
Keep track of your weight. Many individuals suffering from cancer lose massive amounts of weight in a very short period of time.
Take note of coughing. If you cough often and/or cough up any blood, get yourself checked out by a physician as soon as possible. Chronic coughing is a sign that something isn't right. Coughing up blood is never normal.
Pay attention to your overall physical condition and health. Many individuals suffering from any type of cancer may be afflicted with chronic fatigue and weariness.