Acid reflux is considered GERD if moderate to severe symptoms occur once a week.
To know for sure if these are symptoms of GERD, consult a gastroenterologist (GI).
Difficulty swallowing, heartburn, regurgitation, and other symptoms of GERD are not only uncomfortable, they may signify a more serious condition.3
Without intervention, 26.5% of chronic GERD patients may develop a precancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus.4
Complete this short risk assessment quiz to understand your risk level for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Share the results with your doctor at your next appointment.DOWNLOAD TOOL
Barrett’s is the primary risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma.5,6,7 Untreated Barrett's esophagus can increase your risk of developing this form of cancer by 50 times or more.5,7, 8,9
If detected early, it's possible to treat Barrett’s esophagus and reduce your risk for esophageal adenocarcinoma.10, 11
Information and resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. Always discuss diagnosis and treatment information including risks with your doctor. Keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary.
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