Acid Reflux and Esophageal Cancer













Sometimes, an antacid isn’t enough. Not enough to stop the searing heartburn pain that wakes you, not enough to stop the damage acid reflux can cause. And if it isn’t treated properly, acid reflux can lead to esophageal cancer. 

Beaumont’s team of board certified specialists help patients with acid reflux by providing expert diagnosis, leading edge medical treatment and minimally invasive surgical procedures for acid reflux and Barrett’s esophagus (a precancerous condition). The team works with you and your doctor to develop successful, individualized treatment strategies to resolve your symptoms and prevent esophageal cancer. 

Esophageal cancer prevention experts include:

  • gastroenterologists (GIs)
  • otolaryngologists (ENTs)
  • speech and language pathologists
  • thoracic and gastrointestinal surgeons





Acid Reflux - A Cause for Concern

Usually, acid reflux is easily treated and controlled with medication. But about 10 percent of acid reflux patients develop a precancerous condition (Barrett’s esophagus) or esophageal cancer.

Barrett’s esophagus With repeated exposure to acid, the lining of the esophagus wears away and grows back with cells that show precancerous changes. The condition affects more than three million people over the age of 50 in the U.S. It is treatable with a technology known as BARRX.

Esophageal cancer prevention – The cancer with the fastest rising incidence rate, esophageal cancer is diagnosed in about 16,500 Americans each year and accounts for about 14,500 U.S. cancer deaths annually.