Esophagus Cancer Overview

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What Is Esophagus Cancer? TOPICS

How many people get cancer of the esophagus?

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for esophagus cancer in the United States are for 2015:

  • About 16,980 new cases of cancer of the esophagus (men 13,570; women 3,410)
  • About 15,590 deaths from cancer of the esophagus (men 12,600; women 2,990)

This cancer is 3 to 4 times more common in men than in women. The lifetime risk of esophageal cancer in the United States is about 1 in 125 in men and about 1 in 435 in women. It is as common among African Americans as it is among whites.

Esophagus cancer makes up about 1% of all cancers in the United States, but it is much more common in some other parts of the world, such as Iran, northern China, India, and southern Africa.

Last Medical Review: 05/21/2014
Last Revised: 01/09/2015