got my biopys back said i have a bit of barrett's esophagus

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   Posted 10/30/2007 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
hi i,ve just got my biopys back and they said i have a bit of barretts could i,d be worried about getting cancer from that ??? whats the risks as i am very worried now or do most people with gerd have barretts or get it ? thanks

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   Posted 10/30/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there Sweetie. I am sorry about your diagnosis, but PLEASE PLEASE don't let yourself go crazy worrying about cancer. Here's why: A small number of people with Barrett's esophagus may develop esophageal cancer. 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.

Evidently, your Barretts isn't severe if they are only saying you have a "bit of it."

Here are some things you need to keep in mind...

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.

The bottom line here bok is to not worry yourself about getting cancer. Just keep up with your esophageal exams, and keep in touch with your doctor about what's going on with your body. If something is to happen, and you do get cancer, as long as you are keeping up with your exams and such, you will likely catch it early enough to handle it.

Please, stay on top of your health, and keep us posted!

Wishing you the best.
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   Posted 10/30/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
hi thanks for reply what it said when i had my endoscopy was iregularity of the Z LINE which i assume is the bottom off the food pipe, but the gp said the gastrologist will explain it all so he made me apointment with them put i say the thing it said barretts so its been on mind all day . so i,m nervous now to await my appointment i currently am taking 30mg of lansprozole but cause i,m taking doxcyline antibotic for the eye infection which i after to take for 3 months its stopping the ppi,s from working which is not could for the food pipe but buggered each way. cheers
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