Quick Test Could Spot Precursor to Advanced Esophageal Cancers Including GEJ

Cancers of the esophagus and gastroesophageal (GEJ) junction cancer differ from those in the rest of the stomach. They share epidemiological characteristics with and often originate from segments of Barrett’s esophagus.

The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. And the change that occurs in the esophagus, known as Barrett’s esophagus, usually results from long-term reflux. Barrett’s esophagus is considered a precursor to esophageal adenocarcinomas including GEJ.

However, researchers are reporting, a pill-sized device that you swallow might help detect a change in the esophagus that can catch deadly forms of cancer earlier.

More than 80 percent of people diagnosed with this cancer die within five years. Yet, medical experts say that many of these deaths could be prevented if people were diagnosed earlier with Barrett’s esophagus.

However, that usually requires a costly and

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