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A 27-year-old female asked:

do studies show bulimia as a significant risk factor for oral and esophageal cancers?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 26 years experience
Maybe: There is increase risk for esophageal ulceration and that may lead to an increased risk for cancer , but no obvious link.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not directly: The other issues associated with bulimia can increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer due to the increased irritation of thelining from the gastric acid and risk of perforation and trauma. Cancer of the esophagus can arise after prolonged irritation which causes mutations in the cells that line the inside. I am not aware of any specific studies in the oncology literature however there may be some in the behavioral sciences.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

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Dr. Adam Tripp
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Can contribute: The "purging" of bulimia can result in chronic injury and fibrosis to the esophagus and sphincter going into the stomach, and with enough damage and reinjury from the stomach acid from vomiting, that can result in barrett's esophagitis and potentially cancer.

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