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wpe4.jpg (13370 bytes) Esophageal cancer

Esophageal cancer

The esophagus is a muscular tube that extends from the neck to the abdomen and connects the mouth to the stomach. Cancer, or a malignant tumor, is the result of uncontrolled growth of cells located in a particular region of the body. The lining of the esophagus is the most common region for cancers of the esophagus to begin. Most of the length of the esophageal is lined with squamous cells, which, if they degenerate into a malignant tumor, give rise to squamous cell cancer. The very bottom portion of the esophagus and the region where the esophagus and stomach join are lined with columnar cells that can give rise to malignant tumors called adenocarcinoma. Other rare forms of esophageal cancer include sarcoma and small cell cancer


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