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Esophageal Cancer

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Esophageal cancer is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects the esophagus, the long, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. While doctors do not always know why cancer develops, researchers know that chronic acid reflux may increase the risk of developing abnormal cells. Florida Hospital Cancer Institute specializes in diagnostic testing and utilizing an arsenal of cancer-fighting tools to treat and beat esophageal cancer. If you have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, contact Florida Hospital to schedule an appointment.

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Often diagnosed in the later stages, esophageal cancer was projected by the American Cancer Society to cause nearly 15,000 deaths in 2012. The esophagus is the long tube that connects the throat and the stomach. Food travels into the esophagus through a valve and through the muscular tube of the esophagus. Then, food passes through another muscular valve (sphincter) at the end of the esophagus before entering the stomach.

Cancerous cells in the esophagus usually do not cause symptoms until an advanced stage, so few cases of esophageal cancer are diagnosed in the very early stages.

Esophageal cancer usually begins the inner layers of tissue and muscle of the esophagus and grows outward. This is the most common type of esophageal cancer, called adenocarcinmoa. It grows in the lower part of the esophagus.

The second type of esophageal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma grows in the top layer of cells that line the esophagus. This type of cancer can grow anywhere in the esophagus.

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