Quick Quiz: Esophageal Cancer

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Esophageal cancer is a malignancy that can occur anywhere along the esophagus.1 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 17,650 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2019, and approximately 16,080 individuals will die from this disease in the same year.2 How much do you know about esophageal cancer?

Esophageal cancer is considered a rare cancer in the United States, accounting for only 1% of all cancers diagnosed.3 The disease occurs more frequently in men than women, and its incidence is almost equal in whites and African Americans.2 The risk for developing esophageal cancer increases with age, with less than 15% of cases diagnosed in individuals younger than 55 years.2 The overall 5-year survival rate for patients diagnosed with the disease is approximately 19.9%, and the 5-year relative survival rates by stage are 46.7% for localized disease, 25.1% for regional disease, and 4.8% for distant disease.3 Public awareness of esophageal cancer needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.