The statistics show that the number of people that are diagnosed with esophageal cancer is constantly increasing. The scientists have estimated that this number is expected to be over astounding 140 % by 2025.
Considering the fact that this type of cancer and its symptoms are more similar to certain common conditions, such asacid reflux and difficulties when swallowing, the situation is not surprising at all.
When it comes to the potential symptoms of this type of cancer, the medical expert warn their patients to be particularly cautious because the risk of fatal consequences could be avoided easily.
In this article today you can read the story of Jay Rensberger who had been suffering from acid reflux for very long period of time and refused to visit his doctor. Firstly, he decided to treat his medical condition with medicines, but his condition worsened. Afterward, his wife convinced him to visit the doctor, who advised him to do endoscopy.
Endoscopy is the procedure that uses an instrument – endoscope for examining a person’s digestive tract and esophagus. It’s important to highlight that the type of cancer that develops in the esophagus is even four times more common in men compared to women.
The results gotten from this procedure showed that Jay was suffering from esophageal cancer, and the doctors decided to immediately remove it with surgical procedure. Luckily, Jay`s cancer was detected on time and it basically saved his life.
Unfortunately, at most of the patients this type of cancer is not discovered on time, as a result of the symptoms like difficulties in swallowing and acid reflux which are almost never associated with this disease. And that is the main reason why the death rate in these cases is very high. In reality, only 20 % of the sufferers manage to beat the cancer.
The professor of gastroenterology at the Medical University of Illinois Still, Michael Sprang describes that there is no need to panic if you have some issues with acid reflux.
To conclude, it is highly recommended to visit the medical expert as soon as possible and to get endoscopy, if the issues with acid reflux don’t subside even after using drugs.