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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can a hernia cause cancer?

3 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
No: A hernia cannot cause cancer.
Dr. Camil Sader
General Surgery 23 years experience
No: It is extremely unusual to associate hernias with cancer.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No, but..: If you mean hiatal hernia (stomach pops up into chest): can increase backflow of stomach contents, which can increase esophagitis, which can cause pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus), which can sometimes cause cancer, then yes, indirectly, and on occasion, hernias can cause cancer. Otherwise things like inguinal (groin) hernias do not cause cancer.

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What is the cause of a hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Nature/Nurture: Most hernias develop due to a "birth defect" of sorts, where natural holes in the abdominal wall present in fetal life fail to close. This may manifest itself at birth or require years of "exertion" before the hole reaches a size large enough to be evident. Other hernias are strictly "wear-and-tear" phenomena, although it is believed that they occur in-part due to inherently weak tissue.
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What causes a hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Nature/Nurture: Most hernias develop due to a "birth defect" of sorts, where natural holes in the abdominal wall present in fetal life fail to close. This may manifest itself at birth or require years of "exertion" before the hole reaches a size large enough to be evident. Other hernias are strictly "wear-and-tear" phenomena, although it is believed that they occur in-part due to inherently weak tissue.

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