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I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Very slightly
People with hiatal hernias usually have some gastroesophageal reflux (gerd).
Gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. That said, nearly half of the us population has gerd and esophageal cancer although slowly increasing, remains a very rare cancer. If you have reflux you should be followed by a primary care or gastroenterologist, but it is still very unlikely that you will develop cancer.

In brief: Very slightly
People with hiatal hernias usually have some gastroesophageal reflux (gerd).
Gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. That said, nearly half of the us population has gerd and esophageal cancer although slowly increasing, remains a very rare cancer. If you have reflux you should be followed by a primary care or gastroenterologist, but it is still very unlikely that you will develop cancer.
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Increased risj
There is a slightly higher risk for esophageal cancer.

In brief: Increased risj
There is a slightly higher risk for esophageal cancer.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Slightly higher risk
Barrett's esophagus are cellular changes along the lower lining of the esophagus in response to prolonged acid exposure secondary to reflux.
This may be associated with pre-cancerous changes or even esophageal cancer and is believed to explain the rising incidence of these cancers in the US.

In brief: Slightly higher risk
Barrett's esophagus are cellular changes along the lower lining of the esophagus in response to prolonged acid exposure secondary to reflux.
This may be associated with pre-cancerous changes or even esophageal cancer and is believed to explain the rising incidence of these cancers in the US.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Dan Lister
Surgery
In brief: Yes
Chronic reflux is the main cause of esophageal adenocarcinoma.
It is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. Hiatal hernias tend to make reflux worse. The important thing is to have an endoscopy to get checked.

In brief: Yes
Chronic reflux is the main cause of esophageal adenocarcinoma.
It is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. Hiatal hernias tend to make reflux worse. The important thing is to have an endoscopy to get checked.
Dr. Dan Lister
Dr. Dan Lister
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
In brief: Barrets esophagus
By definition barrett's esophagus is a form of metaplasia, which is a change in the normal cell type in that portion of the esophagus.
It is caused by continual exposure to gastric acid (reflux) into the esophagus and it is the esophagus's way of trying to protect itself for the damaging acid in our stomach. It can lead to cancer and needs to be watched closely. Hiatal hernia can cause reflux.

In brief: Barrets esophagus
By definition barrett's esophagus is a form of metaplasia, which is a change in the normal cell type in that portion of the esophagus.
It is caused by continual exposure to gastric acid (reflux) into the esophagus and it is the esophagus's way of trying to protect itself for the damaging acid in our stomach. It can lead to cancer and needs to be watched closely. Hiatal hernia can cause reflux.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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