Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus.

Early esophageal cancer typically causes no signs or symptoms. Although it’s not clear what causes esophageal cancer, you are at greater risk if you smoke, drink heavily, or have acid reflux. Your risk also increases as you age.

Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Chest pain, pressure or burning
  • Worsening heartburn or indigestion
  • Coughing or hoarseness