2016-06-08 13:12:21 UTC

Barrett's Esophagus 104: Newly Diagnosed

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Finding out you have Barrett’s esophagus can seem like a lot, since the chance of future health concerns is higher. By talking openly with your doctor, you can gain the facts needed to make choices that are right for you. Getting equipped with knowledge can help you feel more in control.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • While you are at a higher risk for cancer than the general public, the individual risk of cancer or death is still relatively low (less than 1 in 200 patients with Barrett’s esophagus will get cancer each year).
  • Before the cancer grows, your doctor can find pre-cancer cells and treat them.
  • Once Barrett’s esophagus has been found, you should have an endoscopy done at regular intervals, suggested by your doctor, to look for pre-cancer cells (dysplasia).


Additional Support

For more information on Barrett’s esophagus, visit these trusted sites:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Barrett’s Esophagus

National Digestive Diseases Clearing House: Barrett’s Esophagus

Talk with your doctor or do an Internet or social media search to connect with others who have this condition.

©AGA, July 2016

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