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Capital Digestive Care Leads the Way in the Fight to Unmask Reflux Disease During National GERD Awareness Week
Date:11/20/2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of GERD Awareness Week, Capital Digestive Care wants to increase awareness about the importance of screening for GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, a condition that can lead to precancerous conditions in the esophagus. November 18 – 24 has been designated as National GERD Awareness Week. 

Last year alone, Capital Digestive Care treated more than 14,000 patients with symptoms of GERD.  But more must be done. Our goal at Capital Digestive Care is to ensure that patients are aware that frequent heartburn can be a sign of reflux disease, and that early detection is the key to preventing the disease from escalating into a more serious condition. Often, individuals with frequent heartburn "mask" their symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Capital Digestive Care hopes to encourage patients not to ignore or cover up their symptoms and be screened for reflux disease. While over-the-counter and prescription medications can "mask" GERD's symptoms and reduce the acid causing the problem, the underlying condition can persist and can lead to more serious disorders like cancer. That's why screening is so important.

GERD is a condition in which food or liquid in the stomach leak backwards into the esophagus, irritating the esophagus and causing heartburn and other problems. Over time, it can lead to Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition where the makeup of the tissue that lines the lower esophagus changes and if not detected or treated, can eventually develop into esophageal cancer. It's estimated that GERD affects approximately 20% of the U.S. population.

There are several ways to detect GERD, and Capital Digestive Care is proud to offer them all and customize the test based on the patient's needs and symptoms.

"We are proud to be a leader in this field, using innovation to help diagnose and treat GERD," said Dr. Lawrence Ba
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