Fri, 25 January 2008
The prevalence of esophageal cancer in men 50 years and older is increasing. Dr. Tedd Mitchell, president of Cooper Clinic, discusses this situation, and explains the difference between the two types of esophageal cancer.
The gold standard for screening for esophageal cancer is an EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) test. Cooper Clinic recommends a baseline screen at age 50.
Dr. Mitchell discusses long-time use of over-the-counter acid reflux medications, from TUMS to Prilosec. Dr. Mitchell recommends evaluation and treatment if acid reflux occurs more than once or twice each week.