Esophageal Cancer: Could That Lump in Your Throat Be Deadly?
A lump in your throat that doesn’t go away could be a sign of esophageal cancer. Depending on its location, you may not even feel it, so it’s important to also look for other symptoms.
Other Warning Signs
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chest pain
- Weight loss
Esophageal Cancer Risk Factors
Risk #1: Eating a High-Acid Diet
These six substances may be associated with esophageal cancer and should therefore be consumed in moderation:
- Breath mints
- Raw tomato
- Raw garlic
Risk #2: Smoking
Smoking is not only deadly for your lungs but also for your esophagus. First, nicotine loosens the muscle that separates the stomach from the esophagus and elevates acid production in the esophagus. And of course, nicotine is carcinogenic.
Risk #3: Barrett’s Esophagus
Barrett’s Esophagus is the result of consistent acid reflux, a condition where the delicate tissue lining of the esophagus is eventually replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine. This change in tissue cells can lead to cancer.