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 answer
Dr. Andrew Seibert answered
34 years experience Gastroenterology
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.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
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