Thanks for the advice. Trust me, I know I am more pessimistic than most. But I just look for info to be as best informed as possible.
After reading the study that found that heartburn symptoms correlate with cancer risk despite esophageal mucosal state (Barrett's, or normal, etc.), I got scared that just b/c I don't have Barrett's might not mean much. In fact, at least w/ Barrett's you are on a revision to hopefully catch it early, but for someone without it chances of catching it early are probably a lot worse. The study found, as far as I understand it, that two people with the same reflux symptoms and duration have roughly the same cancer risk regardless of whether they have Barrett's or not...so that is what got me on the search.
It is just tough dealing with this at a relatively young age. I have a young family and even though I know the odds are that I won't get esophageal cancer...I'll be the perfect candidate...long-term GERD, caucasian, male, etc. It is just tough for someone like me to accept scary odds and roll the dice each year, even though on a meta-scale the odds aren't that bad. On an individual scale who is to say someone won't get a progression to cancer at a young age.
Anyway, I know I am being excessively negative. I admit it :)