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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is any abnormality in the reproduction of cells in the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube from your mouth to your stomach. Think of it as a hollow tube with several layers on the inside. These layers all have specialized cells that secrete mucous and move food along the digestive tract. In one of the two main types of esophageal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, the innermost lining of flat cells begins to replicate in abnormal ways. In the second main type of esophageal cancer, adenocarcinoma, the layer of cells (underneath your squamous cells) that produces mucous begins to replicate oddly. While there are other types of esophageal cancer, they tend to be (More)


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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014