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S i've been feeling like food is getting stuck in my esophagus. I am panicking that it is esophageal cancer. Is this likely?

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In brief: Probably not, but

By age, unless there is some family or ethnic history( eg.
You were not born and raised in wi), highly improbable. But you should have it evaluated. A barium swallow or esophagoscopy will help diagnose this condition. Talk to your primary care or a gastroenterologist.

In brief: Probably not, but

By age, unless there is some family or ethnic history( eg.
You were not born and raised in wi), highly improbable. But you should have it evaluated. A barium swallow or esophagoscopy will help diagnose this condition. Talk to your primary care or a gastroenterologist.
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, but...

There are several causes of trouble swallowing (or dysphagia).
Esophageal cancer is a very rare cause especially in young people. But, dysphagia definitely warrants evaluation at least by your primary care physician and probably by a gastroenterologist. You may need a special x-ray called a barium swallow or an endoscopy to investigate the cause.

In brief: No, but...

There are several causes of trouble swallowing (or dysphagia).
Esophageal cancer is a very rare cause especially in young people. But, dysphagia definitely warrants evaluation at least by your primary care physician and probably by a gastroenterologist. You may need a special x-ray called a barium swallow or an endoscopy to investigate the cause.
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
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Dr. Kenneth Murdock
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Very doubtful

Esophageal cancer is most common in older patients and/or patients who have chronic reflux over many years.
People can have esophageal spasms without cause and this may be what you are feeling. A barium swallow (x-ray) will show whether there is any blockage of the esophagus.

In brief: Very doubtful

Esophageal cancer is most common in older patients and/or patients who have chronic reflux over many years.
People can have esophageal spasms without cause and this may be what you are feeling. A barium swallow (x-ray) will show whether there is any blockage of the esophagus.
Dr. Kenneth Murdock
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In brief: Unlikely

Very unlikely at your age.
You should however have an endoscopy to see what is causing this.

In brief: Unlikely

Very unlikely at your age.
You should however have an endoscopy to see what is causing this.
Dr. Randall Zuckerman
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Dr. Robert Dabal
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Not likely

You should certainly see a doctor about this problem. Most likely there is a benign cause that could be found.
And there is certainly a treatment that could be undertaken which would make your symptoms much better or completely resolve. You should start out by seeing an internist who then may refer you to a gastroenterlogist.

In brief: Not likely

You should certainly see a doctor about this problem. Most likely there is a benign cause that could be found.
And there is certainly a treatment that could be undertaken which would make your symptoms much better or completely resolve. You should start out by seeing an internist who then may refer you to a gastroenterlogist.
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