The following info was in an article from 2003 with numerous contributing authors including your Professor.
Is Barrett's esophagus
In 118 (62%) of the 189 esophageal
adenocarcinoma cases, Barrett's esophagus was detected. The strength of the
association with symptoms of reflux was identical for patients with esophageal
adenocarcinomas who had Barrett's esophagus and those who did not. Barrett's
esophagus appears not to be a necessary step in the evolution of esophageal
adenocarcinoma. The excess risk of adenocarcinoma among
patients with Barrett's esophagus has been estimated to be 30-60 times that of
the general population in large studies. Because the risk among subjects in our study with the most
severe and long-standing symptoms of reflux was of the same magnitude, and
because the association was equally strong among esophageal adenocarcinoma with
Barrett's esophagus and those without it, we hypothesize that gastroesophageal
reflux, may be the crucial factor. Therefore, it may be necessary to reappraise
the critical role of Barrett's esophagus in the carcinogenic pathway.
http://www.hon.ch/OESO/books/Vol_6_Barrett_s_Esophagus/Articles/vol2/art086.html -Publication: August 2003
In your response from the professor he used the words virtually and well as stating "cannot (yet) be entirely ruled out that some adenocarcinomas might develop from the glandular cells of the squmous cell of the normal esophagus."
I truly think you would feel better if you worked on finding ways to stop the "what if?" thinking and enjoy the good in your life. Big breath and enjoy your life, look for all the good around you and do things that make you feel happy.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."~ Vivian Greene
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