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Midlothian, IL
A 25-year-old male asked:

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 37 years experience
Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck.
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