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My father passed away last year because of 4th stage esophageal cancer. I am worried each time i experience pain or feel any lumps. Should i check?

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Dr. Cliff Robinson
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In brief: Esophageal

Cancer does not generally run in families.
In the us, it is most commonly in the lower part of the esophagus and is associated with a precancerous condition called barrett's esophagus. You can reduce your risk by moderating alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking. If you have acid reflux, make sure it is treated. If symptoms of reflux persist you may need endoscopy.

In brief: Esophageal

Cancer does not generally run in families.
In the us, it is most commonly in the lower part of the esophagus and is associated with a precancerous condition called barrett's esophagus. You can reduce your risk by moderating alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking. If you have acid reflux, make sure it is treated. If symptoms of reflux persist you may need endoscopy.
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