Body Tip Got acid reflux? See your doctor if you have symptoms more than once a week — you could be at greater risk for esophageal cancer.
Untreated acid reflux could put you at greater risk for esophageal cancer. If you have symptoms more than once a week, see your doctor. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause changes to the tissue lining the esophagus. This change is called Barrett’s esophagus. People with Barrett’s may be 30 to 40 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer. However, many people with the condition have no signs or symptoms. Occasional heartburn is okay, but if you suffer from it on a regular basis — one or more times a week — talk to your doctor or gastroenterologist about the best ways to manage it.