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Dr. Kenneth Wang on Forgoing Screening for Barrett's Esophagus

Kenneth Wang, MD
Published Online: 1:07 AM, Tue February 2, 2016

'Kenneth Wang, MD, director of the Advanced Endoscopy Group and Esophageal Neoplasia Clinic, Mayo Clinic, discusses his opposition for screening for Barrett's esophagus as a preventative measure for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Wang says currently, a gastroenterologist will most commonly screen a patient for Barrett's esophagus with an endoscopy. Wang says the practice of endoscopies do not result in many revelations of Barrett's esophagus, partially due to not enough biopsies being taken.

Wang says before screening takes place on a wider scale, medical professionals should hone these screening techniques in order to be more effective and accurate for patients. He adds that esophageal cancer is not very common, meaning catching the malignancy can prove difficult.

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