Barrett’s Esophagus

More and more people are suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus every year, but the sad thing is that many people may not even know it. The symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus are minimal for some people so they may not realize they have a problem, or they may think they just have a simple problem with heartburn.

People who have chronic heartburn or GERD symptoms should talk about this with their doctor so they can be treated and screened for Barrett’s Esophagus occasionally. It is important to know if you have Barrett’s Esophagus because this condition can lead to other, more serious conditions like esophageal cancer. Knowing you need to be screened for this is an important way to prevent this type of cancer.

Besides understanding the symptoms it is good to know what you can do to help prevent these conditions. Continue reading

Barrett’s Esophagus Symptoms

If you’ve been suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) for a number of years, you might be concerned that you will develop Barrett’s Esophagus, as this is often a natural progression from chronic or long-term GERD. The most important thing to do if you feel you are experiencing some of these symptoms is to get a positive diagnosis from your doctor. The reason for this is that there is an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer if you have Barrett’s esophagus so you need to keep an eye on it. Regular screenings can help prevent esophageal cancer, which is important because esophageal cancer is difficult to treat once it develops. Continue reading