Are you having difficulty swallowing? Experiencing a persistent sore throat? Have you suddenly been able to lose those last ten pounds with no explanation at all? While that might be signs of the flu that just won’t go away, it could also be the signs of Esophageal Cancer.
People who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are at a higher risk of contracting this cancer due to the amount of stomach acid that is exposed to your esophagus over a prolonged period. You are also at risk if you smoke or chew tobacco and drink an excessive amount of alcohol over a period of time. During this time the makeup of your cells in your esophagus change and a cancer is formed.
Studies have shown that men are 70% more likely to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in their lifetime than women. This could be due to a variety of factors (unhealthy habits, diet, work environment etc.).
Being overweight or obese is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body. It exposes you to hundreds of different diseases, cancers and health problems. You have a significantly increased risk of contracting GERD, cancer, diabetes and a whole variety of other serious health issues.
For most people, being overweight is something that we can control or change –by altering our diet, and lifestyle. Even the simplest change isn’t easy, and this will be one of the hardest things you will have to do in your life, but when you consider the alternative – isn’t worth it?
There are a variety of other ways you can prevent esophageal cancer including; quitting smoking or consumption of tobacco products, drinking alcohol in moderation, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Your diet should be high in cruciferous foods including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Green and yellow fruits and vegetables are also proven to reduce your risk of cancer.
The importance of taking care of yourself cannot be stressed enough. Cancer is a serious business and if not caught and treated early enough can result in death. If you are experiencing any symptoms as mentioned above or have a gut feeling that something is wrong, go visit your doctor immediately – it could be your life on the line.