Esophageal Cancer Screening in Birmingham, AL
EsoCheck is a non-invasive, 5-minute, in-office screening that collects cells from the lower esophagus, without the need for a traditional endoscopy. These cells are then sent for testing to check for abnormalities that are likely to lead to Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.
A big issues with esophageal cancer is that many patients who are at risk never develop symptoms. EsoCheck allows our doctors to determine with 94-95% accuracy which patients are at risk for developing Barret’s esophagus and esophageal cancer, who otherwise would not have known that they were at risk.
Your doctor will place the EsoCheck capsule at the back of your mouth to be swallowed. Once, swallowed your doctor will inflate the balloon to expose textured ridges for cell collection. The inflated balloon will then be gently pulled back to collect cells in the target area and then deflated — this protects the sampled cells as the capsule is pulled back through the remaining portion of your esophagus and mouth. The balloon portion of the capsule, covered with esophageal cells, is then sent to the lab for analysis. Results of the test are usually available in 2 weeks.
EsoCheck Patient Video
- Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus becomes damaged by acid reflux, causing the lining to thicken and become red. This development can put patients at a higher risk for esophageal cancer.
- Many patients who are diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus have had a long-standing bout with a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- GERD affects approximately 18-28% of all North Americans, and about 5-10% of patients with chronic GERD will develop Barrett’s Esophagus.
- Barret’s Esophagus is most common among Caucasian males, and the average age of diagnosis is 55 years.
- In 2021, an estimated 19,260 adults (15,310 men and 3,950 women) in the US will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer, leading to an estimated 15,530 deaths (12,410 men and 3,120 women).
- The 5-year survival rate for patients with esophageal cancer is around 20%.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of GERD, it may be a sign of a more serious condition, so don’t hesitate to see a specialist. To schedule a 5-minute EsoCheck swab in Birmingham, AL, contact Advanced Surgeons, P.C. today. Give us a call at (205) 595-8985 or request an appointment through our secure online form.