Cancer is a deadly disease that impacts millions of Americans every year. It remains the number two cause of death in adults and it’s estimated that 2 out of every 5 adults will develop cancer in their lifetime. Here is a look at a few lesser-known, yet extremely deadly forms of cancer that every adult should get tested for periodically.

Esophageal Cancer: Esophageal Cancer is a cancer of the esophagus, the hollow muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. This form of cancer is common in smokers and heavy drinkers as well as those who are overweight, however, it can also be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as acid reflux. Esophagus cancer is far more common in men than women and it’s estimated that over 15,000 people will die from esophageal cancer in 2020.  

Gallbladder Cancer: Gallbladder cancer is a cancer of the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ tucked underneath the liver. The primary function of the gallbladder is to concentrate and store bile that is produced by the liver. The gallbladder is an organ that typically goes unnoticed and only about 1 in 5 cases of gallbladder cancer will be discovered in the early stages. Symptoms of gallbladder cancer include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, and lumps in the belly.

Gastric Cancer: Gastric cancer is another name for Stomach cancer or cancer that forms in the stomach of a patient. Stomach cancer affects mainly older people and can be especially harmful because it impacts your ability to eat and ingest nutrients. In the early 20th Century, stomach cancer was the leading cause of cancer death, however as our dietary habits changed and became more stringently regulated, this figure decreased in the West. However, in other parts of the world such as East Asia, it is still a leading cause of death.

Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs, chest, or abdomen caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in many construction materials throughout the early 20th Century, that is known to cause cancer and lung damage. Although the use of asbestos has been virtually eliminated, the material is still found in older homes and construction materials and therefore continues to threaten the lives of Americans. There are many mesothelioma treatment options available for those who have been impacted, as well as legal resources for those who are entitled to a settlement from an employer or manufacturer who put them at risk.