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Acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

A studies show a link between acid reflux and esophageal cancer and reveal a genetic influence.
Esophageal cancer is on the increase and many researchers are looking at the underlying factors. A team at the Mayo Clinic looked at 186 cases of esophageal and stomach cancer and found a link with acid reflux disease. Around five per cent of those with acid reflux will go on to develop Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which there are changes in the esophagus lining. Once someone has Barrett’s esophagus, their risk of cancer is greatly increased.

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