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Heartburn topic of May 6 seminar at Veterans Memorial Hall
Online Staff Report
Occasional cases of heartburn often can be remedied with over-the-counter medications, but there is an underlying health risk for frequent heartburn sufferers. The burning sensation caused by stomach acids backing up into the esophagus can damage delicate tissue.
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) in Arlington Heights, Ill., is hosting a free community health seminar in Rockford. Gastroenterologist Willis Parsons, M.D., medical director of the NCH Gastroenterology Center in Arlington Heights, will present “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) — Not Always a Benign Problem” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 6, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford.
Dr. Parsons will explain the serious health issues and cancer risk caused by chronic heartburn and GERD, including Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition that can lead to esophageal cancer — the most rapidly rising cancer in the United States. Dr. Parsons, a board-certified gastroenterologist who is recognized nationally for his work in advanced endoscopic procedures, will review facts and symptoms, suggest when to consult a physician, and explain diagnostic procedures and treatment options.
To learn more about heartburn, GERD and Barrett’s esophagus, register for this free seminar by calling (847) 618-4YOU (4968), or visit www.nch.org/heartburn. Space is limited.
Posted May 1, 2013