Chronic Heartburn Is Often No Great Risk Of Esophageal Cancer – Part 3 of 3
Men over 60 who suffer from weekly GERD “might license screening,” the authors concluded, but only if it were known to be accurate, safe and inexpensive. Another expert, Dr Gregory Haber said he had some concerns about the study’s design because it is derived from other studies and based on arithmetical calculation. “I’m always a little suspect of studies based on computer models,” said Haber, director of gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.
Haber also noted that screenings are done for other reasons than disclosure of a cancer, citing evaluation of hiatal hernia, esophagealitis, pre-cancerous lesions and other secondary results of frequent GERD symptoms. But overall, Haber concluded that the scrutinize had some important messages. “There are some good lessons to be learned. There probably needs to be more emphasis on the disparity between the incidence of esophageal cancer in men and women”.