It’s estimated that about 18,000 to 20,000 new cases of esophageal cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Males between the ages of 45 and 50 are most at risk, especially if they have a history of heartburn, tobacco and alcohol use. Doctors encourage anyone with swallowing or reflux symptoms to get checked early and regularly. Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., M.D., chairman, Department of Surgery,
surgeon-in-chief, Hackensack University Medical Center discusses treatment options.