U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
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?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 36 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.
Last updated Mar 30, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.