April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. Thousands come together in support and advocacy of those affected by the disease. The American Cancer Society estimates roughly 16,980 new esophageal cancer cases diagnosed in 2015, resulting in about 15,980 deaths.
Esophageal cancer is typically diagnosed using upper endoscopy or biopsy. Risk factors for esophageal cancer include tobacco use, alcohol consumption, obesity and chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and stent placement to relieve esophageal obstruction.
To lower your risk for esophageal cancer, Regional Gi encourages us to maintain a healthy lifestyle — avoid tobacco use, limit alcohol consumption, eat well and engage in regular exercise!
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Ellen Tauscher was diagnosed with Stage III esophageal cancer in 2009 and began her fight against the deadly disease. These stories encourage us to take command of our health. Many thanks to ECAN Esophageal Cancer Action Network for this educational video.
Are you concerned about your risk for esophageal cancer? Please contact Regional Gi’s team of board-certified gastrointestinal specialists.