Barrett's Esophagus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
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It's important to keep several facts in mind:
- GERD is common among American adults.
- Only a small percentage of people with GERD (less than one out of every 10) develop Barrett's esophagus.
- Between 0.1% to 2.0% of those with Barrett's esophagus each year go on to develop esophageal cancer.
A diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus is not a cause for major alarm. Barrett's esophagus, however, can lead to precancerous changes in a small number of people and has an increased risk for cancer. So, a diagnosis is a reason to work with your doctor to be watchful of your health.