Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s Esophagus (BE) is a condition that can lead to cancer of the esophagus. It is caused by acid reflux, where acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus. People with chronic acid reflux have a 10-15% chance of developing BE. BE is diagnosed when the normal tissue in the lower part of the esophagus is replaced by stomach tissue due to repeated exposure to acid.

About 7-10% of people with chronic acid reflux and 1-2% of the general population have BE. Over time, BE can lead to esophageal cancer.

Risk factors for developing esophageal cancer include being over 50 years old, being white, having a large waist, smoking, and having a family history of BE or esophageal cancer.

People with acid reflux should see a doctor specialized in the digestive system to make sure they don’t develop BE or esophageal cancer.

To make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists for evaluation, please contact us

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