What Are the Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer

What Are the Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer?

• Difficulty swallowing

• Feeling like something is stuck in the throat

• Lack of appetite

• Malnutrition

• Weight loss

• Hoarse and husky voice

• Nausea and vomiting

• Persistent coughing

Esophageal cancer occurs when malignant cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. The esophagus is a 20–30 cm long tubular structure made of muscles in between the throat and stomach. Esophageal cancer often starts from the tumorigenesis of cells in the mucous layer of the esophagus and then spreads to the outer layer. In the US, 16,000 people will be afflicted with esophageal cancer this year.

Recommendation

• Prevention. For people at risk of esophageal cancer, take daily 200 mg vitamin C (10) and 400 mcg vitamin B9 (8). • Treatment. For esophageal cancer patients, take daily 500 mg vitamin C (10), and 800 mcg vitamin B9 (8).

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