Published on June 3, 2022
TUESDAY, May 31 (The Washington Post) — About 20,640 U.S. adults will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year, according to estimates from the American Cancer Society (ACS). This type of cancer, which affects the esophagus — the tube that carries swallowed food from your throat to your stomach — has been found most often in people 65 and older, especially men.
The ACS says that, overall, diagnosis rates have been fairly steady in recent years. A report, however, suggests that esophageal cancer may be increasing among middle-aged people.
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People in the LGBTQ+ community experience inequitable treatment across all parts of life, including in health and access to health care services. As we recognize Pride Month this June, I’d like to take a moment to bring attention to one of the many issues disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ+ community: cancer.