Information About Barrett's Esophagus
When the lining of the esophagus changes to become more like tissue lining the intestines, this is called Barrett's esophagus. This condition often occurs in people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and can lead to a rare form of cancer. The average age at diagnosis is 60, and Barrett's esophagus is twice as common in men as in women, and more common in white men than in men of other races. Children do not typically develop this condition.
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