There are many factors that can increase your risk of esophageal cancer. Preexisting abnormalities and conditions can predispose a person to esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that must be treated before it increases your risk of cancer.
Barrett’s esophagus occurs as a result of long-standing reflux in the body. In order to protect the junction between the esophagus and the stomach from the stomach acid, the body changes the inner lining of the esophagus from skin cells to stomach cells. If this abnormality is left untreated, the tissue will begin to creep up the esophagus and can potentially lead to the formation of esophageal cancer.
Foregut specialist Dr. Reginald Bell is dedicated to both the treatment of foregut conditions his patients currently suffer from and the prevention of other potential foregut issues and conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.