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GERD Surgery Doesn't Prevent Cancer
One type of cancer of the esophagus, adenocarcinoma, is increasing more rapidly than any other cancer in both Western Europe and the US. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) appears to be an important risk factor (and possible cause) of this adenocarcinoma. It is believed that in GERD, injury to the cells lining the esophagus by refluxed acid causes the cells to change. The changes (referred to as Barrett's esophagus) make the cells more likely to become adenocarcinomas.