30y/o female. History of GERD many yrs and increasing esophageal tenderness. Suddenly have dysphagia lump in throat feeling for over a week. Cancer?
Probably not cancer. Cancer is possible but is very unlikely at your young age of 30. It is more likely that you have developed esophageal irritation and possible a stricture or narrowing of the distal esophagus. You need to see a gastroenterologist or surgeon for an endoscopy to evaluate the dysphagia. You should be on an acid blocker if you are not on one already. Good luck!
Un-likely. The incidence at under age 35 is less than 1 in 100,000 per year http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/types/oesophagus/incidence/uk-oesophageal-cancer-incidence-statistics#By2 that is around the risk of death from wild animal attack (I am imcluding deer and car accidents, though). ON the other hand, the risk of GERD is 100%! and it can cause scar to occlude the esophagus.
30y/o, history of GERD + esophagus tender, take Zantac (ranitidine). Now have dysphagia lump in throat feeling 4 a week+. If I go to ER will they test for cancer?
No. GERD and dysphagia is not an issue dealt with in the emergency room unless totally obstructed . Best to see GI physician to get an esophagram and do upper endoscopy which will resolve the issue. The sensation of a lump in the throat is Globus pharyngis also known as globus sensation, globus or, somewhat outdatedly, globus hystericus. If an abnormal area seen it would then be biopsied. Read more...