Esophageal cancer accounts for 2% of all malignancies. Although rare, it is one of the fastest growing tumors. Most of the time, when diagnosed, it has already started to spread the cancer cells to the rest of the body.
The “strange” sensation that something is stuck in your throat may, after all, be a sign of esophageal cancer, one of the types of tumors in the digestive system, as the Express writes.
Digestive problems are often the first sign of esophageal cancer, according to Johns Hopkins Hospital, as quoted by the Express. Excessive alcohol consumption, gastric reflux, smoking, Barrett’s esophagus, age, obesity, being male and being black are the major known risk factors for cancer of the the esophagus.
Here are some other symptoms that, according to the Portuguese CUF Hospital Network, you should be aware of:
- pain or difficulty swallowing;
- Food regurgitation;
- Chest or back pain;
- Prolonged cough and/or hoarseness;
- Burning sensation.
If cancer is suspected, you should consult a gastroenterologist, a general surgeon or an oncologist.