This year, an estimated 17,650 adults (13,750 men and 3,900 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The disease accounts for 1% of cancers diagnosed in the United States. It is diagnosed more often in other parts of the world.
It is estimated that 16,080 deaths (13,020 men and 3,060 women) from this disease will occur this year. Esophageal cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer death among men.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for people with esophageal cancer is 19%.
However, survival rates depend on several factors, including the stage of the cancer when it is first diagnosed. The 5-year survival rate of people with cancer located only in the esophagus is 45%. The 5-year survival rate for those with disease that has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes is 24%. If it has spread to distant parts of the body, the survival rate is 5%.
Source of information: www.cancer.net