Esophageal Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chances of dying from cancer. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your health care provider.

What are the statistics for esophageal cancer?

Here are some statistics about this cancer:

  • About 16,910 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2016.

  • About 15,690 people will die of esophageal cancer in 2016. These may not be the same people who are diagnosed the same year.

  • Men are about 3 to 4 times more likely to get this cancer than women.