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Understanding Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and Barrett's oesophagus (BO)

What you need to know

If you have persistent heartburn or have been diagnosed with GORD, you could be at risk of developing Barrett’s Oesophagus. 

This is a precancerous disease that, if left unmonitored or untreated, may progress to oesophageal cancer, otherwise know as Adenocarcinoma.

Oesophageal cancer is the 6th most common cause of cancer death in the UK1,2, together with gastric cancer, it accounts for 6% of all cancer deaths in men and 3% of all cancers death in women across Europe.

Recognizing preconditions or conditions that appear in early disease stages can allow treating the disease earlier before it is too late.

A Serious Progressive Disease


Get the information you need to take charge of your health

Millions of people around the world suffer from acid reflux or chronic heartburn. Many don’t realize that it can develop into a more serious disease, Barrett’s oesophagus (BO)([FOOTNOTE=Vaezi M, Zehrai A, Yuksel E, Testing for refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease, ASGE Leading Edge, 2012 Vol 2, No 2, 1-13, American Society Gastroenterology Esdoscopy, Page 1.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])


Having Barrett’s oesophagus increases your risk of developing oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC), a form of oesophageal cancer, by 30–60 times([FOOTNOTE=Gilbert EW et al. Barrett’s esophagus: a review of the literature. J Gastrointest Surg 2011;15:708-1.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

That’s why it’s so critical to get diagnosed. If detected early, Barrett’s oesophagus can be treated and reduce your risk for EAC([FOOTNOTE=Orman ES, Li N, Shaheen NJ. Efficacy and durability of radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's esophagus: systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013;11:1245-55.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])


Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: MORE THAN JUST HEARTBURN

Frequently Asked Questions

With gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the oesophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the oesophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: SYMPTOM TRACKER

Take Charge of Your Health

If you suffer from chronic heartburn, acid reflux, or similar symptoms, you may have a disease called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

Fill out this form and discuss the answers with a gastroenterologist, so together you can take the first step towards treatment.



Frequently Asked Questions

Barrett’s oesophagus is a precancerous disease that affects the lining of the oesophagus. It occurs when stomach acids and enzymes re-enter the oesophagus over time and cause the cells to change, also known as intestinal metaplasia. 

BARRETT’S OESOPHAGUS: Understand your Risk

Take Charge of Your Health

Barrett’s oesophagus is the primary risk factor for developing oesophageal cancer3. Complete the assessment to identify your risk level for Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer.


Early detection and treatment can reduce your risk of progressing to a type of cancer called oesophageal adenocarcinoma([FOOTNOTE= Phoa KN, van Vilsteren FG, Weusten BL, Bisschops R, Schoon EJ, Ragunath K, et al. Radiofrequency ablation vs endoscopic surveillance for patients with Barrett esophagus and low-grade dysplasia: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014;311(12)1209-17.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Shaheen NJ, Sharma P, Overholt BF, Wolfsen HC, Sampliner RE, Wang KK, et al. Radiofrequency ablation in Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia. N Engl J Med. 2009 May 28;360(22):2277-88.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

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