Like any other cancer, esophageal cancer is dangerous, but early detection could pave way for effective treatment. Experts have put together the early symptoms of esophageal cancer which we all should know about.
For those of you who are not aware, esophageal cancer is a cancer that occurs in the esophagus, the food pipe that runs between the throat and the stomach. Also known as the cancer of the food pipe, the symptoms of this disease can occur without any underlying disease. One should consult their doctor if any of the symptoms listed below occur for more than two weeks.
One of the first symptoms could be heaviness in the chest. This especially happens when food gets stuck in the food pipe. It is because the cancerous cells multiply in the food pipe to form a lump, which can block the passage of food.
One may have difficulty in swallowing food. This is one of the most common symptoms for esophageal cancer. While swallowing the food you might experience pain in the form of a burning sensation or might feel food sticking to the throat or chest, causing difficulty in swallowing it.
Nausea and vomiting due to the blockage of the food pipe by the cancerous cells is one of the telltale signs of esophageal cancer. Last but not the least is the symptom of drastic weight loss. There could also be loss of appetite due to indigestion and pain/difficulty in swallowing.