At the various ports of entry to Cancerland, where paperwork and formalities are taken care of, there tend to be racks of literature promoting the various provinces: What You Need to Know about Colorectal Cancer, What You Need to Know about Oral Cancer, What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer, all that sort of thing.
There seem, however, not to be any travel brochures for Esophageal Cancer. Clearly, the place is a backwater, not on very many itineraries, and could use a much more active Ministry of Tourism.
I am biased, of course, but I frankly don’t see that Esophageal Cancer has fewer attractions than, say, Breast Cancer, which is among the top destinations. It may have something to do with the sorting process, with people preferring the mammogram to the endoscopy. And, yes, certainly the mammogram is less intrusive.
But, hey, there’s something about a fiber-optic snake down your food-pipe. Or so I think anyway.