1 Trouble swallowing:
Problem swallowing is the most common symptom of esophageal cancer, with is a feeling like when the food is stuck in the throat or chest, or even choking on food.
The medical idiom for trouble swallowing is dysphagia. This is often not strong when it begins, and then gets worse over time as the opening inside the esophagus gets smaller.
When swallowing becomes harder, people don’t pay attention to its dangerous effects. To avoid often just change their diet and eating habits without realizing it. They eat slowly, take smaller bites and chew more carefully and slowly.
As the dangerousness of cancer increases, the problem can get worse. People then might start eating softer foods that can pass through the esophagus more easily.
They might not eat bread and meat, since they get stuck. The swallowing problem may even get bad enough that some people stop eating solid food completely and switch to a liquid diet.
If the cancer keeps evolving and growing, at some point even liquids might be difficult to swallow.
To help food go through the esophagus, the body produces more saliva, which causes some people to complain of bringing up lots of thick mucus or saliva.
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