I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

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.
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.
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.
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.

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8mm module in lower esophagus found from a endoscopy. I also have a hiatal hernia. Do I have cancer? I'm 23 and relatively try to be healthy.

Probably not. Especially at your age, most often these are little benign tumors, but it's your physician's job to decide. Esophageal cancers usually look nasty and a physician will be suspicious. Ask whether a biopsy was obtained. If so, chances are it will come back benign from the lab. If your physician didn't think it was worth biopsying, it's almost certainly benign. Read more...

I have a 8mm nodule found in my endoscopy, as well as a hiatal hernia. Biopsy was taken and came back negative. Going for ultrasound next month. Cancer?

Very unlikely . A eight millimeter mass with a non-cancer pathology report is not something I would worry about. At your age without a personal of family history of bizarre tumors, I would stop worrying . Read more...

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Unclear. Do not get carried away. You have not indicated anything that would make me think of hiatal hernia, If this is true this is a dx that may not mean much Many people have these with no problem, Can be important to go back to your doctor or see a GI specialist for interpretation of the test results and futher advice. Best wishes. Read more...

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Usually not. Distal esophageal Ca is a lesion of mucosa most often induced by H.pylori. It pesents with ulceration and then invasion of wall of esophagus with gradual obstruction. US good to look at extent of Ca invasion into muscular wall of esophagus. Many causes of nodule in wall? for which bx indicated. Read more...