April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

This April, Capital Digestive Care is observing Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. Esophageal cancer, which is cancer of the esophagus, is one of the fastest-growing cancer diagnoses in the United States with nearly 18,000 new cases diagnosed annually. It often begins as gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid flows into the food pipe, irritating the lining of the esophagus. ​

Acid reflux and heartburn can set the stage for esophageal cancer by causing tissue damage that can lead to a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus. Fortunately, Capital Digestive Care has physicians who specialize in the treatment of both Barrett’s esophagus, heartburn and acid reflux. See a doctor if you have pain or difficulty when swallowing, hoarseness, excessive coughing, enlarged lymph nodes or abnormal weight loss.