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Risk factors of esophageal cancer include: being 65 years old or older, being male, smoking, heavy drinking, diet, obesity, acid reflux (abnormal acid flow of stomach acid into the esophagus), and Barrett’s esophagus.
As esophageal cancer grows, the symptoms may include: food getting stuck in the esophagus, pain when swallowing, pain in the chest or back, weight loss, heart burn, and a hoarse voice or cough that does not go away within 2 weeks.
Regardless of race or ethnicity, men are more likely to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer than women.
The lifetime risk of esophageal cancer in the United States is about 1 in 125 in men and about 1 in 400 in women.