• Statistics

    • Barrett's esophagus describes a condition where the cells lining the lower esophagus change. Barrett's esophagus is believed to increase the risk of developing cancer of the esophagus.
    • There are 800,000 Canadians living with Barrett's Esophagus
    • In Canada, approximately 400,000 people with Barrett's are asymptomatic
    • Diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus requires that suspected patients undergo endoscopy and biopsy. For the current cases of this disease, diagnosis costs more than $400 million.
    • Age older than 50 years, male gender, and reflux-symptoms for longer than 1 year are risk factors associated with the development of Barrett's esophagus.
    • Daily management of Barrett's esophagus requires chronic acid suppression therapy.
    • Central obesity is a known risk factor for developing Barrett's esophagus.

Enhancing lifelong health

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