People with Barrett's esophagus have an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Still, the risk is small, especially in people whose lab test results show no precancerous changes (dysplasia) in their esophagus cells. The overwhelming majority of people with Barrett's esophagus will never develop esophageal cancer.

Studies of people with Barrett's esophagus show most think their risk of esophageal cancer is much higher than it really is. This causes needless worry and anxiety.

If you're worried about your risk of esophageal cancer, ask your doctor to explain your chances of developing the disease. Also ask what you can do to reduce your risk. This may help you feel more in control of your health.

May. 25, 2011