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Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Yes.: If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and is usually in the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. It would be wise for you to see your doctor to closely follow this. ...Read more

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

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

Maybe: There is increase risk for esophageal ulceration and that may lead to an increased risk for cancer, but no obvious link. ...Read more

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Hi I have a habbit of eating hot food temperature wise I was wondering what sort of damge will it do to the esophagus cause I am worried about cancer?

Hi I have a habbit of eating hot food temperature wise I was wondering what sort of damge will it do to the esophagus cause I am worried about cancer?

Adjust your habbits: Excessive heat can cause burns to the lining of your mouth and esophagus. Eat like normal people do...hot food but not burning hot foods. ...Read more

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What is pepsin? Can it cause throat/esophagus cancer?

What is pepsin? Can it cause throat/esophagus cancer?

Pepsin and Cancer: Some well-reviewed studies have linked the action of pepsin, a natural enzyme produced in the stomach to promote digestion of proteins, to increased promotion of some oral and laryngeal cancers. Some popular web sites tout the positive effects of pepsin, while others warn of the over use of anatscids that actually may interfere with digection. It is best to consult a gastroenterologist. ...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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Is it possible that an eating disorder, e.G bulimia, cause stomach cancer?

Is it possible that an eating disorder, e.G bulimia, cause stomach cancer?

Indirectly, possible: Bulimia results in chronic self-induced vomiting -- which can cause inflammation and damage to stomach and esophagus. If this is severe and chronic enough, cellular changes could ultimately result in cancer. Other damages -- like GI bleeding and electrolyte disturbances, etc -- might occur sooner, though. ...Read more

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Severe heart burn can cause cancer of the esophagus but what are the real camcer symptoms?

Severe heart burn can cause cancer of the esophagus but what are the real camcer symptoms?

Dysphagia.: Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing is the major symptom associated with esophageal cancer. Other symptoms include rapid weight loss, chest pain, pulmonary aspiration, hoarseness, and odynophagia or pain when swallowing. ...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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Could an edoscopic investigation that shows lesion in lower esophagus with some ulceration and gastritis be caused by anti-inflammatory drugs or more likely be cancer in 78 yr old male.

Could an edoscopic investigation that shows lesion in lower esophagus with some ulceration and gastritis be caused by anti-inflammatory drugs or more likely be cancer in 78 yr old male.

Need a biopsy: An ulcerated lesion at the distal esophagus can be from esophagitis due to reflux, but can be from other causes, such as cancer. Other causes include hiatal hernia and paraesophageal hernias. Risk factors such as tobacco use and alcohol intake can increase the risk of this being cancer. In any case, a brushing or biopsy can make the diagnosis, as well as response to medical therapy. ...Read more

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What could cause food stuck in throat, sore throat after eating and heartburn. Cancer of esophagus? Is endoscopy only way to diagnose?

What could cause food stuck in throat, sore throat after eating and heartburn. Cancer of esophagus? Is endoscopy only way to diagnose?

Reflux esophagitis: Which can cause other changes including cancer. Endoscopy is the way to go. Do this soon. Best wishes for a satisfactory outcome. ...Read more

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What causes esophageal cancer?  

What causes esophageal cancer?  

Two types: Adenocarcinoma: caused by acid reflux or gerd. This leads to barrett's metaplasia, then low grade dysplasia, then high grade dysplasia and then cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is caused generally by smoking and alcohol consumption which is synergistic. ...Read more

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How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

Airway irritation: Coughing in esophageal cancer is usually caused by airway (aka bronchus or wind pipe) irritation, most commonly by:

1. Aspiration (saliva and/or food going into the airway) due to obstruction of the esophagus by tumor
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2. A large tumor pushing on or growing into the airway. ...Read more

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What causes esophageal cancer? Who gets it?

What causes esophageal cancer? Who gets it?

Many factors: Factors predisposing to esophageal cancer are realated to age and sex with men over 65 at highest risk. This is followed by smokers, heavy drinking, obesity and acid reflux. At the cardioesophageal junction h.pylori plays an important role as does Baretts esophagus. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

Many Yrears: Cancer is a rare complication of acid reflux disease. It takes more than 20 years of untreated disease before this complication occurs. ...Read more

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Reasons for dysphagia. Is esophageal cancer a common cause?

Yes, also others.: Progressive dysphagia is the major sign for esophageal cancer. This starts with solids, then is seen with liquids. Weight loss is also seen. Other causes for dysphagia include oropharyngeal (plummer-vinson syndrome), schatski ring, and zenker's diverticulum. These have varying degrees of dysphagia, and not all are progressive. ...Read more

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How does esophageal cancer cause back pain?

How does esophageal cancer cause back pain?

Esophageal cancer: Can cause back pain particularly if the cancer has invaded through the wall of the esophagus into surrounding nerves or chest wall muscles or bone. This is an ominous sign and should be investigated right away. Spread to bones can also occur through the blood stream, and indicates metastatic disease and not just local spread. ...Read more

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How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

Reflux is associated: With esoph ca, in the 6th decade of life and beyond. The frequency in your age is close to zero. Heavy alcohol and smoking are factors, and over weight reflux chronically in others. Depending on severity, endoscopy and blocking acid production warranted. ...Read more

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If a person has symptoms caused by esophageal cancer would taking cough drops help supress those symptoms?

If a person has symptoms caused by esophageal cancer would taking cough drops help supress those symptoms?

Not really: What symptoms are you referring here? Esophageal cancer usually is presented with problem with swallowing- usually harder with solid food than liquid. Also, other symptoms like bloathing, pain/discomfort can happen. When the cancer spreads outside the esophagus- for instance the lung, liver -other symptoms related to the location of the spreads can occur like weight loss etc. Cough drop won't help. ...Read more

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Carcinomas (colon, esophageal, stomach cancers) cause a fever?

Carcinomas (colon, esophageal, stomach cancers) cause a fever?

Not usually: Fever is often a symptom of certain cancers, such as lymphomas, but not often of carcinomas. It is possible, however. More often, depressed immunity from cancer or cancer treatment leads to an infection which causes fever. ...Read more

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Does microwave radiation to transmit voice cause esophageal cancer?

Does microwave radiation to transmit voice cause esophageal cancer?

Not clearly: The present data doesn't suggest that the microwave spectrum used to transmit communications causes cancer. There is some suggestion of related male infertility but it isn't certain. Additionally there is something referred to as the microwave hearing effect where people exposed to pulsed microwave radiation hear clicking noises. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have esophageal cancer 8 months after a egd that showed only mild chronic esophagitis cause by reflux?

Is it possible to have esophageal cancer 8 months after a egd that showed only mild chronic esophagitis cause by reflux?

Possible, unlikely: The cancer type of the esophagus that occurs with reflux is adenocarcinoma. Esophageal adenocarinoma usually in a setting of gerd and barrets esophagus, age 60's, m>f. If your prior endoscopy did not show barrets or dysplasia 8 months ago, it is unlikely. However, best to have further evaluation from your gastroenterologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Yes: The major disorder is the inability to swallow food or liquid comfortably. Esophageal cancer is generally circumferential, like a doughnut. The hole or the lumen becomes smaller as the cancer grows, making it difficult for food and then liquid to pass through. This is called dysphagia. It can be treated with radiation, placing a stent or surgery with removal and replacement of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Other than esophageal cancer, what could cause worsening dysphagia +globus+ back pain w/swallowing +hoarser voice? Going on, increasing over a month.

Other than esophageal cancer, what could cause worsening dysphagia +globus+ back pain w/swallowing +hoarser voice? Going on, increasing over a month.

Gastroesophageal ref: Gastroesophageal reflux causes all of that and needs to be evaluated and gotten under control. General measures include PPI medication (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, (lansoprazole) etc), decreased caffeine/alcohol, no eating within 2 hours of bedtime, smaller meals with snacks in between and elevation of the head of the bed. You should see a gastroentrologist. ...Read more

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What could cause really high calcium levels, carbon monoxide, & heartburn? Esophageal cancer already ruled out.

What could cause really high calcium levels, carbon monoxide, & heartburn? Esophageal cancer already ruled out.

High calcium: I am not sure what you mean by "carbon monoxide" and you want to know about hypercalcemia (h) and heart burn, I can help you. H causes your stomach to secrete gastrin which increases the production of acid in your stomach. Causes of h are, hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism, sarcodosis, among others. Have the physician who dealt with your esophagus to give an opinion of the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer be missed during an endoscopy? I often have a dull pain there. Would LPR or GERD be the cause as well? Diagnosed-gastritis.

No cancer: Ca of the esophagus begins as a mucosal lesion eventually invading the muscular layers. Since you had endoscopy for symptoms any malignant lesion would easily be defined as an ulcerating process. The symptoms in the presence of a supposed bx of gastritis would probably be due to GERD and not LPR. Any suspicious areas in esophagus would also have been biopsied. ...Read more

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Read that acid reflux increases ur risk of esophageal cancer. How is this possible? I know it causes irritation but stomach acid is not a carcinogen..

Read that acid reflux increases ur risk of esophageal cancer. How is this possible? I know it causes irritation but stomach acid is not a carcinogen..

It is: The chronic constant irritating of the acid to the lining of the esophagus, will create condition known as Barrett esophagitis that has more than ten fold to become cancer, so the acid kind if carcinogenic when it comes to the esophagus ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more