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Can Bulimia Cause Esophagus Cancer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can long term bulimia cause liver cancer? My mom has a 90% chance of liver cancer but hates alcohol has never drank or abused any drugs but pukes alot
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What could cause food stuck in throat, sore throat after eating and heartburn. Cancer of esophagus? Is endoscopy only way to diagnose?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 or 2. A large tumor pushing on or growing into the airway. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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