I had heartburn bad for 15 years, controlled now via Omeprizole. I started hearing advertisements on the radio about Esophogeal Cancer related to GERD. I went to a Gastro Dr. and had and Endoscopy done. I actually showed a very small Barretts spot. My Dr was not concerned at all, he said it was stable and there was only a very small chance that it would turn to cancer. Even so, I am scheduled every three years for my Endo, Dr said as long as I keep this sched I will not have a problem. Don't smoke, if you need to lose weight it helps to lose a few LBS and drink in moderation, that was his advise as well. I would not worry at all but certainly check it out - good luck!