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Is Your Parent at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?

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Is Your Parent at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?

Julia’s father, Saul, had always been a hearty eater. He loved the elaborate meals his children hosted on Sunday nights. Everyone brought a dish to pass and he loved to sample them out. But, lately, Julia had noticed that Saul wasn’t as enthusiastic about trying new dishes. In fact, he wasn’t putting much on his plate at all and often didn’t finish what he took, making excuses like having had a late lunch. Julia grew concerned and asked her father what was going on. Saul confessed that he had been having trouble swallowing food. Julia convinced him to see a doctor. When he did, Saul was shocked to learn that he had esophageal cancer.

Elder Care Northridge CA - Is Your Parent at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?

Elder Care Northridge CA – Is Your Parent at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Knowing if your elderly parent is at higher risk for the disease could lead to receiving care sooner.

About Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is cancer that begins in the long tube that connects the throat to the stomach. It usually starts in the lining of the esophagus and can occur at any point in its length.

There are two main types of esophageal cancer:

Adenocarcinoma: This is the most common type of esophageal cancer. It usually happens in the lower part of the esophagus, closer to the stomach, and starts in the cells that secrete mucus.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This kind of cancer starts in the squamous cells of the esophagus, which are the cells that line it. It usually affects the upper and middle part of the tube.

There are some other types of esophageal cancer, but they are rare.

Symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • Trouble swallowing because the tumor narrows the esophagus.
  • Losing weight suddenly and without trying.
  • Vomiting food that gets stuck in the esophagus.
  • Indigestion and heartburn that are worse than usual.
  • Pain, pressure, or burning in the chest.
  • Coughing.

Risk Factors

Doctors aren’t certain what causes esophageal cancer. However, several things that increase a person’s chance of getting the disease have been identified.

Risk factors include:

  • Obesity.
  • Smoking.
  • Having GERD.
  • Alcohol use.
  • Frequently drinking extremely hot beverages.
  • Not including enough fruits and vegetables in their diet.
  • Having radiation treatment on the chest or upper part of the abdomen.

If your aging parent is at risk for esophageal cancer, an elder care provider can help them to manage their risk factors. An elder care provider can assist with weight loss by cooking balanced, healthy meals instead of the senior relying on convenience foods that are full of fat and sugar. Elder care providers can also support older adults who are trying to quit smoking, offering distraction and companionship when the urge to smoke strikes.

Sources:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20356084

https://www.cancer.gov/types/esophageal/patient/esophageal-prevention-pdq

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172602.php

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/esophagus-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Northridge CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Care Services today.

Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.

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