Information Relating to Esophageal Cancer in General

Increasing Incidence

Esophageal cancer has risen from approximately 10,000 cases in 2000 to more than 15,500 predicted in 2007 by SEER data.

Increasing Mortality

The American Cancer Society estimates 14,500 deaths will be due to esophageal cancer in 2010, and estimates 16,640 new cases in 2010. Esophageal carcinoma has the second highest death rate among the common and moderately rare neoplasms. However, progress has been made in the last few years in treating both major types of esophageal cancer, and the survival rate is improving every year.

By Gender

In North America, men are as much 3-4 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer than women.

By Age

AGE: Esophageal cancer patients are generally older adults, with a median age in the 50’s – 60’s, but esophageal cancer is being diagnosed more frequently in younger adults in recent years.