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A 26-year-old male asked:

Had an egd & was told i have barrett's esophagus & they took a biopsy. what are the odds of it being cancerous? i've seen less than 1% develop cancer

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Dr. Sahil Patel
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Low: Typically there is a 0.5-1% chance of cancer.
Dr. Ravi Nerella
Hospital-based practice 24 years experience
Very low.: Barrett's esophagus can rarely progress to cancer if the underlying cause which is usually chronic reflux is not addressed. Should discuss with your physician after biopsy results are in on the plan to manage.

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Last updated May 5, 2014

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