YOUR HEARTBURN MAY NOT BE HARMLESS


Millions of people suffer from acid reflux. This seemingly harmless symptom can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Barrett’s esophagus (BE). BE is the primary risk factor for a type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma,1-3 which makes early detection and treatment essential.

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References: 1. de Jonge PJ, van Blankenstein M, Looman CW, Casparie MK, Meijer GA, Kuipers EJ. Risk of malignant progression in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus: a Dutch nationwide cohort study. Gut. 2010;59(8):1030-6. 2. Pohl H, Welch G. The role of overdiagnosis and reclassification in the marked increase of esophageal adenocarcinoma incidence. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005;97(2):142-6. 3.Desai TK, Krishnan K, Samala N, Singh J, Cluley J, Perla S, et al. The incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in non-dysplastic Barrett's oesophagus: a meta-analysis. Gut. 2012 Jul;61(7):970-6.