Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is actual problem among the population with gastrointestinal complaints. According to statistics in Russia, it is about 40-50% from all gastrointestinal diseases.
GERD elapses with heartburn, which arises because of reflux of bile and gastric contents into the esophagus. As a result, it manifests by burning sensation in the epigastric region and sour burp.
Many patients usually prefer avoid gastroenterologist, because they suppose heartburn and sour that burp are not dangerous symptoms and effects cannot be deplorable.
That is why patients do not know, the result of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is metaplasia that mean replacement of the stratified squamous non-keratinized epithelium into a cylindrical epithelium. In other words it is called Barett's esophagus (precancerous condition), that can be predictor of esophagus adenocarcinoma.
Esophagus adenocarcinoma is the cancer. However, this diagnosis we can prevent in the early stages. That is why so important to be observed by a gastroenterologist, follow the recommendations and carries out diagnostic measures.
If GERD changed in the Barett's esophagus, it is necessary to be observed by an oncologist to protect patient from cancer in the future or begin to treat it in the earliest period of adenocarcinoma to extend life.
Finally, I would like to emphasize, it is better to be observed early at the gastroenterologist than late at the oncologist and have a great chance to save yourself!