2. Weight Loss
One of the first symptoms of many types of malignant diseases is significant and unexplained weight loss.
Approximately half of the people with esophageal cancer lose weight without trying to. In fact, this is the second most common symptom seen in people with this condition.1Muhammad Masab, M. (2020, October 15). Esophageal Cancer. Retrieved November 18, 2020, from https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/277930-overview
This unintentional weight loss can be attributed to symptoms like dysphagia, which inevitably decreases the amount of food people with esophageal cancer can swallow. In addition, cancer can cause anorexia or an important decrease in appetite that can contribute to weight loss. If you start experiencing unexplained weight loss, be sure to schedule a checkup with your healthcare provider.