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Esophageal Cancer (Cancer of the Esophagus)

Esophageal Cancer Facts

The esophagus is a muscular tube measuring 20-25 cm (8-10 in) long and 2-3 cm (0.75-1.25 in) wide that serves as a conduit for moving food and drink from the mouth to the stomach. Two major types of esophageal cancers exist, as follows:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma arises from the surface (epithelial) cells that line the esophagus.
  • Adenocarcinoma arises from the esophageal glands or within a segment of Barrett's esophagus (see below).
  • Most tumors occur in the lower esophagus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2014
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