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Doctor insights on: Acid Reflux And Cancer Risk

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without the patient ever having barretts esophagus?

Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without the patient ever having barretts esophagus?

Possible but unusual: Most likely lower esophageal adenocarcinoma is caused by gerd, which changes the lining of the lower esophagus into that of the stomach (barrett's) which is a precursor for adenocarcinoma. However, one could have squamous cell type without gerd. Best to review with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can ppi pills lower risk of throat and esophagul cancer ?

Can ppi pills lower risk of throat and esophagul cancer ?

PPI and cancer: We believe that chronic irritation of the lower part of the esophagus just before it empties into the stomach (gastric reflux) may play a big role in the development of esophageal cancer. PPI's decrease the amt of acid in the stomach and thus the irritation and thus may lower the risk of stomach cancer. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without ever having barretts esophagus?

Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without ever having barretts esophagus?

Yes and no: Acid reflux is not clearly a cause of esophageal cancer. But there is an association of reflux (acid and non-acid) to barrett's esophagus/adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. There are other types of esophageal cancers, which may or may not be related to reflux. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

No: Acid reflux can lead, in rare cases, to barrett's esophagus, which can predispose to esophageal cancer. This is extremely rare, as reflux is quite common (most people experience this at some point). Reflux is not associated with lung cancer, at least not as a related cause. ...Read more

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Please help very anxious, will taking PPIs for hiatal hernia and gerd reduce the risk of developing Barrett's oesophagus?

Please help very anxious, will taking PPIs for hiatal hernia and gerd reduce the risk of developing Barrett's oesophagus?

Follow advice...: Many factors may contribute to the occurrence of Barrett's esophagus like GERD, smoking, regurgitation, etc., and PPIs may help ease GERD-related symptoms. So, it is logical to state PPIs may potentially decrease the risk of developing Barrettt's esophagus. But, how much may it help still remains unclear. Remember: Doc never cures anything, but help modify something to some degree with/without... ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Acid reflux?

What are the risk factors for Acid reflux?

Acid reflux : Risk factors for acid reflux include obesity, smoking, alcohol ingestion, pregnancy, a hiatal hernia, diabetes, delayed gastric emptying, scleroderma, and eating certain foods, such as acid foods, spicy foods, chocolate, and caffeine ingestion. ...Read more

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Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

Not likely: Acid reflux is not like to cause 'throat' cancer - which i would define as oropharynx. However, persistent acid reflux is clearly associated with a condition called barret's esophagus and the potential for development of esogphagela cancer (though i would consider that 'throat.' if you ahve a history of acid refulx, talk wtih your pcp about the need to see a GI doc. ...Read more

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Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Yes but (answer #2): Sucralfate is adjunctive therapy that likely forms a coating over damaged tissue, in theory protecting the area from further injury. No drug is perfect however, so long-term safety and efficacy here may not achieve your goal. ...Read more

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31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

Treat the GERD: If the GERD is treated properly with antacids, there is very little risk of developing Barretts. There is very remote if any chance of developing Gastric Cancer. So youc an relax and take your PPIs as needed to keep the heart burn under full control. You may ahve to take PPIS for a long time. But you can get the Cancer fear out of your mind. You may need Upper endoscopy every 10 years to look fo ...Read more

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Does pancreatic cancer cause severe acid reflux? Or only stomach cancer causes it?

Does pancreatic cancer cause severe acid reflux? Or only stomach cancer causes it?

Either, neither: Can have severe acid reflux without any cancer at all. Anything that causes obstruction to stomach emptying (or blocks the duodenum-first part of small intestine) can increase reflux; this can include cancerous and non cancerous causes. ...Read more

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Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

No really: Carafate (sucralfate) is good at helping ulcers heal. If you have ulceration in your esophagus from acid reflux, then it might help. If you just have inflammation (aka "reflux esophagitis") then carafate (sucralfate) is generally a waste of time and money. It's really difficult to take (4 times per day) so I only advise my patients in whom I suspect ulcers to take carafate (sucralfate). ...Read more

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Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Weight loss, elevate: Keeping the intra-abdominal pressures low is the key to keeping food/acid from refluxing into your esophagus. If you keep your head about 30 degrees (using cinder blocks under the bed posts is an inexpensive way to do this) of the parallel, most reflux is prevented. Weight loss also reduces abdominal pressure and keeps the food where it should be. Good luck! ...Read more

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Causes and prevention of acid reflux?

Food: Most reflux issues are due to diet. Don't eat foods that you expect to cause heartburn. This may seem like common sense advice but needs to be said. If you continue to have symptoms however, you should be evaluated for a short course of medication and possible even a stomach scope (egd) to rule out ulcers and damage to the stomach and esophagus. ...Read more

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Can gastritis , ulcers, or acid indigestion lead to cancer?

Very rarely, yes: It is very uncommon but there are certain types of stomach inflammation that are potentially pre-cancerous. ...Read more

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Can aspirin help prevent esophageal cancer in barret's tissue?

Can aspirin help prevent esophageal cancer in barret's tissue?

Possibly: The results are not conclusive, but there may be prevention of dysplasia with Aspirin in patients that have barrett's esophagus. If there is no contraindication to taking aspirin, i would recommend taking a baby Aspirin every day or on alternate days. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more