KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT

ESOPHAGEAL CANCER.

Know the Facts About Esophageal Cancer

Did you know that esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States? Knowing the facts about this disease can help you determine factors that can potentially save your life.

WHAT IS ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

THE FACTS

Esophageal cancer is a cancer that starts in the lining of the esophagus. There are two common forms of the cancer:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma - Cancer that forms in the thin, flat cells that line the esophagus. This type of cancer is typically found in upper and middle part of the esophagus.‚Äč
  • Adenocarcinoma - A cancer that develops in the glandular cell, or cells that produce and release fluids such as mucus. This type of cancer is typically found in the lower part of the esophagus, near the stomach.

Esophageal Cancer

Quick Facts

EST # OF NEW CASES IN 2013

17,990 (14,440 in men / 3,550 in women)

EST # OF DEATHS  IN 2013

15,210 (12,220 in men / 2,990 in women)

UNCONTROLLABLE

RISK FACTORS

Any of the factors listed below can contribute to an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer:

  • Age - Fifteen percent of cases are found in people younger than 55
  • Gender - Men are three times more likely to develop esophageal cancer than women.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Those with GERD have a higher risk in developing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.
  • Barrett's Esophagus - Those with Barrett's Esophagus have the highest risk of developing esophageal cancer.

ENVIRONMENTAL

RISK FACTORS

The following environmental factors can lead to an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer and should be monitored:

  • Tobacco - Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day or more can double you risk than that of someone who does not smoke.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Diet

"If you have any of the factors mentioned above, speak to a specialist about your esophageal cancer risk."

Find A Specialist

THE SOLUTION

THE FLORIDA HOSPITAL DIFFERENCE

The Center for Interventional Endoscopy at Florida Hospital Orlando is the first hospital in the Southeast to offer a new imaging tool for patients who may be suffering from a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including esophageal cancer.

As one of the first hospitals in the country to use this technology, Florida Hospital can offer patients access to a potentially more effective imaging procedure, which may lead to earlier detection of esophageal diseases. In a review by the National Cancer Institute, patients whose esophageal cancer was detected early had survival rates that were 34% higher after five years than those whose cancer was detected at a later stage.

Watch the video below to learn more:

NvisionVLE Imaging System 

The NvisionVLE Imaging System, recently installed at Florida Hospital is a groundbreaking device used to evaluate a patient’s esophagus at depth and resolution levels previously inaccessible. By enabling comprehensive, digital images of the esophagus, this new imaging technology can help the Center for Interventional Endoscopy physicians identify suspicious areas within the tissue that may indicate a number of conditions that impact the health and function of the esophagus, including cancer.

TASTE OF POINTE ORLANDO 

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
This event is being held to create awareness for Esophageal Cancer in our community.  All proceeds will benefit the Esophageal Cancer Program at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

Ticket prices are $30 in advance February 1 through April 26; $35 day of event.

For more information and to purchase tickets click on the button below.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The earlier you're diagnosed, the greater chance of beating the disease. If you have any of the risk factors, get evaluated by a specialist.

FIND A SPECIALIST

Pam Sain, Esophageal Cancer Advocate

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  • Pain when swallowing
  • Reflux
  • Pain in chest or back
  • Unanticipated weight loss
  • Heartburn
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