Benign Esophageal Conditions
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is an incredibly prevalent condition in our society with more than 20 percent of Americans experiencing symptoms at least once a week. The chronic inflammation caused by GERD can lead to a change in the lining of the end of the esophagus called Barrett’s esophagus – a risk factor for the most common form of esophageal cancer seen in the United States.
Compared to other forms of cancer, esophageal cancer is relatively rare. Still, there has been a 500 percent increase in the incidence of esophageal cancer since the 1970s. Each year, esophageal cancer claims more than 14,000 lives, making this disease a serious health threat.
The problem with esophageal cancer is that the majority
of people have an advanced form of this disease at the time of diagnosis. Most don’t experience any symptoms until swallowing becomes difficult. By then, the disease is more difficult to treat and survival
It’s vitally important to have esophageal cancer detected early, when it is more treatable. The specialists at the Esophageal and Lung Institute offer you the most unique and progressive surveillance and treatment options for any esophageal condition with an emphasis on esophageal cancer detection and treatment.