What is Esophageal (Gullet) Cancer?

Oesophageal cancer is the malignancy of the musculomembranenous canal. This canal is about 23 cm in length and runs down from pharynx to the stomach. Esophageal cancer is a relatively rare form of cancer, but some areas have high incidences than others. China, Iceland, India and Japan have high incidences than the rest of the world. Oesophageal cancer is mostly found in men over 50 years.

There are several types of oesophageal cancer: Adenocarcinoma. This is the most common of all oesophageal cancer. It is mostly associated with a history of gastroesophageal disease. This emanates from glandular cells found at the junction of oesophagus and the stomach. Squamous. This emanates from the cells that are along the upper part of the oesophagus.

Oesophageal cancer can manifest itself through a number of signs: dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), Nausea and vomiting ,Coughing vomiting of blood ,Weight loss, Unusual husky voice. One should always seek a professional’s advice if he/she notices one or a combination of these signs.

There are a number of risk factors associated with oesophageal cancer: Tobacco smoking and heavy alcohol drinking ,Genetic factors, Poor die ,Radiotherapy for other different disease,Corrosive injury to esophagus by swallowing strong alkalines or acids. Gstroesophageal reflux disease which leads to Barrett’s oesophagus. This increases oesophageal cancer risk because of the chronic irritation of the mucosal lining.

Oesophageal cancer is one type of cancer that is easy to keep at bay. Diet plays a very important part in doing this. Eating cruciferous vegetables such as kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower reduce the risks of all types of cancer. These vegetables have abundance of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that have cancer fighting properties.

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