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Esophageal cancer

About esophageal cancer

The esophagus is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach, allowing food to pass. Esophageal cancer occurs when the tissue that lines the esophagus becomes malignant.

Esophageal cancer is rare, accounting for 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 17,650 Americans will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2019. The disease accounts for more than 2 percent or nearly 16,000 cancer deaths each year in the United States. The five-year survival rate for esophageal cancer is 19.2 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.