More Young Liberian Women Suffering ‘Throat’ Cancer

hlandThe Head of the Liberian Cancer Society, Dr. Dawn Barnes, has revealed that more young women are suffering from Esophageal Cancer in Liberia.

Esophageal Cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus, and is caused by consuming alcohol, smoking, having a reflux disorder, such as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), being overweight, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer are difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), chest pain, pressure or burning, worsening indigestion or heartburn, coughing or hoarseness.

Speaking on UNMIL Radio “Coffee Break” Thursday, Dr. Barnes said she came across this finding in 2012 when a team of medical doctors came to Liberia and discovered that a number of young women seemed to have this form of cancer.

Barnes said Esophageal Cancer is the number two most common cancer in women between ages 16-44, while women in the same age group have other cancers, especially breast cancer, but added that Esophageal Cancer is the highest in women of all ages in Liberia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.