Hey there Wen. I hope some people come along with their experiences on this condition.
Like bokbok said, you are not guarunteed to get cancer, so I hope that is not worrying you.
Here is a bit of information I found about
this for you...
Barrett's esophagus has no cure, short of surgical removal of the esophagus, which is a serious operation. Surgery is recommended only for people who have a high risk of developing cancer or who already have it. Most physicians recommend treating GERD with acid-blocking drugs, since this is sometimes associated with improvement in the extent of the Barrett's tissue. However, this approach has not been proven to reduce the risk of cancer. Treating reflux with a surgical procedure for GERD also does not seem to cure Barrett's esophagus.
Several different experimental approaches are under study. One attempts to see whether destroying the Barrett's tissue by heat or other means through an endoscope can eliminate the condition. This approach, however, has potential risks and unknown effectiveness.
Points to Remember
In Barrett's esophagus, the cells lining the esophagus change and become similar to the cells lining the intestine.
Barrett's esophagus is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
A small number of people with Barrett's esophagus may develop esophageal cancer.
Barrett's esophagus is diagnosed by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy.
People who have Barrett's esophagus should have periodic esophageal examinations.
Taking acid-blocking drugs for GERD may result in improvements in Barrett's esophagus.
Removal of the esophagus is recommended only for people who have a high risk of developing cancer or who already have it.
Barrett's Esophagus and Cancer of the Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus does not cause symptoms itself and is important only because it seems to precede the development of a particular kind of cancer—esophageal adenocarcinoma. The risk of developing adenocarcinoma is 30 to 125 times higher in people who have Barrett's esophagus than in people who do not. This type of cancer is increasing rapidly in white men. This increase may be related to the rise in obesity and GERD.
For people who have Barrett's esophagus, the risk of getting cancer of the esophagus is small: less than 1 percent (0.4 percent to 0.5 percent) per year. Esophageal adenocarcinoma is often not curable, partly because the disease is frequently discovered at a late stage and because treatments are not effective.
This is just a few quick notes I thought you might find interesting. Let me know if you have any other questions!!!
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