Our health is everything, yet most likely the one thing we take for granted. Please this holiday season think of your health especially if you're suffering from any thing no matter now "minor or annoying" those minor or annoying things like indigestion can turn into something major. If you feel you need to be seen by a Gastronenterologist it's best to start with your primary doctor, tell them what you're experiencing and go from there.
And yes of COURSE make positive, healthy, life long changes to your life like: eating smart and moving more. Eat smaller meals, take smaller bites and CHEW YOUR FOOD.
*I am not a doctor, just a concerned and scared daughter hoping I can help others out there.
** also sorry I'm type yelling, I'm just passionate.
Some basic information from www.ecaware.org:
Cancer of the esophagus can start anywhere along the length of the esophagus. Each develops in a different kind of cell.
Squamous cell carcinoma: the most common type of esophageal cancer worldwide. South Central Asia’s “esophageal cancer belt” region is reported as having some of the highest rates of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma worldwide, affecting both males and females at similar rates. Squamous cell carcinoma starts in the squamous cells that line the esophagus. These cancers are usually found in the upper and middle part of the esophagus. Normally these cancers are caused by heavy alcohol consumption and smoking, but there have been other documented risk factors as well.
Adenocarcinoma: the most common type in the United States and in Western Europe. Esophageal adenocarcinoma is one of the fastest increasing of all cancers in the United States. Adenocarcinoma starts in the glandular cells in the lower partof the esophagus and may occur at or near the junction of the esophagus and the stomach, known as the gastroesophageal (GE) – junction. Normally these cancers are caused by Acid Reflux and are linked to obesity.
More to come, I am not done expressing how important it is to take it seriously.