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Does Barrett's esophagus increase my risk for esophageal cancer?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Having Barrett's esophagus greatly increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Close surveillance is necessary to detect Barretts and monitor that premalignant changes do not develop.
Barrett’s esophagus has become an increasing problem in America, with approximately 1 million Americans currently diagnosed with this disease. Barrett’s esophagus can lead to esophageal cancer in up to 10% of these people. Barrett’s esophagus can be prevented by adequately treating your acid reflux symptoms, either with medication or with a type of surgery  known as Nissen fundoplication. 

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