You have a higher risk of esophagus cancer if you are over 60 years old, you are male, you smoke cigarettes, for adenocarcinoma you have Barrett's esophagus and for squamous cell carcinoma you drink heavily. These are the two types of esophagel cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma is more common. It's victims are typically smokers, heavy drinkers, and poorly nourished. In the United States, adenocarcinoma now accounts for half of all esophageal cancers. Usually these patients are over weight and suffer from acid reflux. When stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, it can damage the flat cells that ordinarily line the esophagus. Warning signs can be food getting stuck in the esophagus or comes back up, painful swallowing, chest or back pain, weight loss, heartburn, hoarse voice or cough that doesn't go away in two weeks. Tell o2 Living your story in surviving esophagus cancer.