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Is esophageal cancer serious?

Esophageal cancer is a serious cancer that develops in the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. In 2009, 16,470 people in the United States were diagnosed with the disease, and over 14,000 people died from it. The disease often shows no signs until late in its progression, and then it causes problems with swallowing, eating, and maintenance of body weight and condition. The late-stage cancer can be difficult to treat.

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