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Many people do not experience any discomfort or noticeable symptoms in the early stages of this cancer, however, as the cancer progresses the following symptoms may develop.


Please note that early signs of the disease may be mistaken for indigestion, and it is common for patients to try over-the-counter medication before seeking medical help. Early detection of this cancer is extremely important as it does improve the chance of successful treatment.


You should always check with your doctor if you have:

  • Any difficulty swallowing;

  • Constant episodes of reflux;

  • Pain when swallowing;

  • Coughing after swallowing;

  • Regularly feeling the need to clear your throat;

  • Regurgitation of food or blood-stained vomit;

  • Constant reoccuring pain in the breast bone region;

  • Chest or back pain;

  • Irritation or pain near the diaphragm; and/or

  • Hoarse voice

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