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Barrett's Esophagus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments


Are There Treatments That Specifically Target Barrett's Esophagus? continued...

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.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 21, 2013
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