This page contains the basic information about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) .
There are a lot of things you can do to prevent the symptoms of GERD. Some simple lifestyle changes include:
People who have had GERD for more than five years should be tested for Barrett's esophagus. If Barrett's esophagus is found, it's a good idea to have an endoscopy at regular intervals. That way, cancerous changes can be identified and treated when the cancer is in its earliest stages.
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Created: 4/27/2004 | Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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