Esophageal cancer risk on the rise in West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich. --With more than 40 percent of us are suffering from heartburn at least once a month, doctors at Holland Hospital say it could be a signal to a more serious health problem.

Nearly 18,000 people will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year. It's caused by damage to cells in your esophagus. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD can be treated with medicine but it can also worsen overtime and lead to cancer.

Symptoms include difficulty swallowing food, feeling like you have a lump in your throat, or constant coughing, wheezing and throat clearing.

We spoke to a doctor testing for it at Holland Hospital, who say the cancer is becoming more prevalent in people across West Michigan.

"There are some ways to treat it, some ways to stop it from getting worse, but there really isn't a way to cure it completely," said Brian Dishinger, M.D. Lakeshore Health Partners with Holland Hospital.

Doctors say the best way to lower your risk for cancer of course is a healthy lifestyle and you should be tested for it every three years.

"Stressful job, stressful eating, eating late at night -- eating large meals instead of small meals, stretching the stomach and puts more pressure on the esophagus, so that can affect it, too," he said.

Holland Hospital says its state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment techniques are available to anyone in need.

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4 comments

  • Derp

    A low/no-carb diet combined with concentrated raw cannabis oil will cure virtually any cancer. Look up the Rick Simpson story if you want to know more.

  • Barbara B.

    My husband was diagnosed in November, already at Stage IV. His only symptoms? A little heartburn, a feeling of being full quickly, a slight weight loss. Until one of the tumors started bleeding and he almost bled out, we had no idea. A mere four months later, on March 23, 2019, we lost this good man.
    GET TESTED.

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