Esophageal Cancer : Patient Resources

Symptoms

Symptoms associated with esophageal cancer are as follows:
  • Dysphagia
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Pain in the throat, back or chest
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic cough
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Coughing up blood

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risk factors for esophageal cancer? The exact cause of esophageal cancer is not known, but the following factors have been identified in association with the incidence of esophageal cancer:
  • Age
  • Sex (esophageal cancer is more common in men)
  • Tobacco use (both cigarette smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco)
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Swallowing of caustic or corrosive substances