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Date:12/20/2010

other reasons than discovery of a cancer, citing evaluation of hiatal hernia, esophagealitis, pre-cancerous lesions and other secondary results of frequent GERD symptoms.

But overall, Haber concluded that the study had some important messages.

"There are some good lessons to be learned," he said. "There probably needs to be more emphasis on the disparity between the incidence of esophageal cancer in men and women."

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For more on esophageal cancer, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCES: Joel H. Rubenstein, M.D., investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Gregory Haber, director of gastroenterology, director, Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; American Journal of Gastroenterology, Dec. 7, 2010


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