A 23-year-old male asked:
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how often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? i'm 23

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Not common but..: Chronic reflux of stomach acid into the lower esophagus does cause changes over years. Called barrett's esophagus, and needs to be watched via upper endoscopy, because dysplasia can occur, which is a precursor to cancer. Usually takes years to develop.95% of patients with reflux never need surgery, and it's usually not for cancer. Good luck.
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Reflux is associated: With esoph ca, in the 6th decade of life and beyond. The frequency in your age is close to zero. Heavy alcohol and smoking are factors, and over weight reflux chronically in others. Depending on severity, endoscopy and blocking acid production warranted.
Answered on Oct 15, 2017
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