The earlier esophageal cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. 19.6% are diagnosed at the local stage and the 5-year survival for localized esophageal cancer is 42.9%. The number of esophageal cancer deaths is highest among people aged 65-74. Death rates have been falling on average 0.9% each year over 2005-2014
In the United States, the 5-year relative survival rate for patients with esophageal cancer, during the period 2007-2013, is was 18.8%.
In 2014, there were an estimated 45,547 people living with esophageal cancer in the United States. (23)