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Recognizing Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer ,
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Gastrointestinal cancers are notorious for their stealthy progression, often remaining undetected until symptoms are severe. The gastrointestinal system spans from the mouth to the anus, encompassing various organs like the esophagus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), and rectum.

One such cancer that can silently develop within the digestive tract is esophageal cancer. It is crucial to shed light on the signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer, encouraging individuals to be vigilant and proactive about their health.

Esophageal cancer is a serious illness that can affect the esophagus (the muscular tube connecting your throat to your stomach). As with many cancers, early detection is crucial for effective treatment and improved survival rates. Dr. David P Yamini, an expert in diagnosing and treating various gastrointestinal conditions, advises regular screenings, especially for those with a family history or other risk factors associated with cancer.

What are the Common Signs and Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer?

  • Difficulty Swallowing: One hallmark symptom is difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia. It can start with a feeling of food sticking in your throat and progressively worsen.
  • Chest Pain: Persistent, unexplained chest pain can be a red flag, particularly when associated with difficulty swallowing. It can often feel like a burning sensation.
  • Severe Heartburn: Occasional heartburn is normal, but if you experience frequent and severe heartburn, it may indicate an underlying issue, including esophageal cancer.
  • Coughing and Hoarseness: Chronic coughing and hoarseness can indicate esophageal cancer. These symptoms are often dismissed as benign but can be early warning signs.
  • Sudden Weight Loss: If you’re losing weight without changing your diet or exercise routine, it’s a matter of concern. Unintended weight loss can be a sign that something is amiss.
  • Esophageal cancer can be a silent threat, but sufferers should never ignore the symptoms. They may initially seem unrelated, but when they persist or worsen over time, they should prompt you to seek medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to improving the prognosis and increasing the chances of survival.

Dr. David P Yamini, MD, strongly recommends that you schedule a consultation immediately if you experience any of these symptoms, particularly if you have risk factors. Regular screenings can be a lifesaver, especially for those with a family history of gastrointestinal cancers.

Remember, the five-year survival rate is only 43 percent when esophageal cancer is confirmed. This statistic highlights the urgency of early diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Yamini and his team are here to help you detect gastrointestinal cancers at their earliest stages, giving you the best chance at a successful outcome.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for support and screening. Your health is precious, and it’s our mission to safeguard it.

Contact Dr. David P Yamini, MD, in Santa Monica today to schedule an appointment. Being proactive about your health can influence outcomes in your fight against esophageal cancer and other gastrointestinal conditions.

Posted on behalf of David P. Yamini, MD

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David P. Yamini, MD

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 58 reviews

Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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