Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/03/2014 -- Esophageal cancer is the seventh leading cause of cancer death, so preventing and treating it is a priority. Cancer of the Esophagus is primarily caused by GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), also commonly referred to as indigestion heartburn or acid reflux. Many people suffer for years from this condition without seeking proper treatment from a health professional. Numerous symptoms can result from the condition, including pain when swallowing, ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Sometimes people can be unaware that they have GERD, meaning that regular health checkups are an important aspect to discovering and treating the condition. As a gastrointestinal specialist, Dr. Peyton Berookim is a first choice option for both those needing treatment for GERD or looking for a checkup.
Around 5-7% of the population has GERD, spanning all age ranges. Due to the similarities of the symptoms with other more benign conditions, it is often misdiagnosed. This adds to the risk of complications down the road, as GERD is an easily treatable disorder when identified early. The most common symptom is persistent heartburn and should be considered as a warning sign to anyone experiencing this on a regular basis. If you are suffering from heartburn frequently, it is highly advisable to get a checkup by a certified physician such as Dr. Berookim, in order to quickly establish if you are suffering from GERD and need to start treatment. Undergoing an Upper Endoscopy is the most effective way to explore problems in the esophagus, small intestine and stomach, leading to an accurate diagnosis. Another common investigative procedure is the ESO pill, which consists of swallowing a micro camera, which pictures of the esophagus.
Treatment for GERD tends to involve longer term treatment which continues even when the symptoms have been brought under control. Dr. Berookim is an expert with years of experience in the treatment and management of this disorder. With gastrointestinal health, it is in your best interest to seek out the best available expertise and care, allowing you to relax in the knowledge that any potential issues will be taken care of in the most effective and comfortable way.
If you are suffering from persistent heartburn or other recurring symptoms that have been mentioned, don't continue to suffer in silence. Visit Peyton P. Berookim, MD, at Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California. Call 310.271.1122 for help with your digestive problem. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Berookim.
150 N Robertson Blvd, Suite 204
Beverly Hills, CA 90211