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From what ive read, zika is a limited diseAse for a male. But can it cause future issues? Similar to how long standing h pylori can cause cancer

From what ive read, zika is a limited diseAse for a male. But can it cause future issues? Similar to how long standing h pylori can cause cancer

Not persistent infec: Zika is a virus infection which is cleared by the immune system in a matter of weeks. So the virus does not persist in the body for more than a few months because the body makes good antibodies against it and that is all that is left behind after the virus has been cleared up in your blood(It can persist in the semen for a longer period of time). ...Read more

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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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Does h pylori cause cancer? And is it true it has no symptoms? I feel sick all the time since i've had it 9 months now.

Does h pylori cause cancer? And is it true it has no symptoms? I feel sick all the time since i've had it 9 months now.

See below: H pylori may be asymptomatic, may cause gastritis, peptic ulcers and infrequently causes stomach cancer. It can be treated with antibiotics. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any idea how h. Pylori causes cancer?

Does anyone have any idea how h. Pylori causes cancer?

Yes: Helicobacter is a promoter for carcinoma, making the stomach lining cells multiply much more rapidly and let genetic mutations overgrow. It also brings in the immune cells that keep stomach lymphomas growing; for lymphomas (not carcinomas), elimination the helicobacter can (strangely) eliminate many lymphomas. Other factors too. ...Read more

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When caused by H. pylori, does H. pylori remain once you reach the gastric cancer stage? And if so, can we do a UBT test to detect it?

When caused by H. pylori, does H. pylori remain once you reach the gastric cancer stage?  And if so, can we do a UBT test to detect it?

Sometimes.: H. pylori can cause certain gastric cancers, and a type of lymphoma found in the stomach (MALT lymphoma). It can also decrease the risk for certain cancers. Treating H. pylori is important and recommended if you have a type of cancer associated with it. And yes, a urea breath test (UBT) is the way to test for it. Try this link for more info: http://tinyurl.com/kp92hhc ...Read more

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Diagnosed w h. Pylori on liver, currently on a 3 month meds. If the medication doesn't help will it cause cancer?

Diagnosed w h. Pylori on liver, currently on a 3 month meds. If the medication doesn't help will it cause cancer?

Eradication Time: H pylori resides in the stomach. It can cause gastritis, ulcers and with a chronic infection two types of cancers can occur: gastric cancer and malt lymphoma. The best treatment is triple therapy 3 medications consisting of a ppi and two antibiotics given for a total of 14 days to eradicate the bacteria and prevent these long term consequences. ...Read more

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So in cases of gastric cancer caused by H. pylori, the H. pylori tends to still be present at the cancer stage. And a UBT would test for it.

So in cases of gastric cancer caused by H. pylori, the H. pylori tends to still be present at the cancer stage.  And a UBT would test for it.

Not necessarily: Once cancer has developed, H. pylori is sometimes but not always identified. In the process leading to cancer, H. pylori can cause the stomach lining to develop "protective" metaplasia, and H. pylori tend not to be present in metaplasia. Also, even if present, the UBT has limitations in identifying H. pylori if the patient has been treated with antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, etc ...Read more

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Does h. Pylori cause stomach cancer?

Does h. Pylori cause stomach cancer?

Yes, it can.: H. Pylori is a type of bacteria that likes to grow on the inside of the stomach. This bacteria causes irritation of the stomach wall lining. The body tries to heal, but a vicious cycle of irritation and healing gets started. Over time, the regenerating stomach lining cells become disorganized in their growth which can (not always) lead to cancer growth. H. Pylori therapy can reduce cancer risk. ...Read more

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I had a gastroenterologist tell me that chronic gastritis not cause by h-pylori does not pose a cancer threat, is this true?

Yes: True all cases of chronic gastritis are not due to h pylori infections also every gastritis will not lead to cancer , best me sure eat healthy food , maintain hygiene contaminated food is the cause , if you have h pylori infection get it treated before the complications sets in ...Read more

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If some common infections can cause cancer(epstein-barr, h pylori) how are these tested for? And if positive, how are they eliminated from the body?

If some common infections can cause cancer(epstein-barr, h pylori) how are these tested for? And if positive, how are they eliminated from the body?

Any symptoms?: Both of these infections are almost universal and do not need to be treated if there are no symptoms. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can h pylori cause mid back soreness? It feels like a small bruise at times . What are the chances of it being cancer?

Can h pylori cause mid back soreness? It feels like a small bruise at times . What are the chances of it being cancer?

If you have an ulcer: The bacteria h. Pylori can, over some years and usually in older prople, lead to gastric lyphoma, or gastric cancer, but far more common is gastritis or peptic ulcer, which can sometimes be felt as mid-back pain. One needs to take rx to cure the h. Pylori and for continued symptoms, consider an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can chronic gastritis/stomach irritation without h pylori cause stomach cancer? How likely is it?

Can chronic gastritis/stomach irritation without h pylori cause stomach cancer?  How likely is it?

Not common: The origin of most stomach cancers seen today are near upper cardio esophageal site. The h pylori is needed since the gastritis and resulting ulcer are healed from bone marrow stem cells migrating to ulcer site. The h pylori toxin induces malignant transformation. It is rare for the inflammatory process to induce Ca without a secondary form of intervention. ...Read more

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I have been told that h pylori doesn't cause heartburn. Is this true? Worried I have stomach cancer.

I have been told that h pylori doesn't cause heartburn. Is this true? Worried I have stomach cancer.

See below: H pylori infection can cause heartburn. You are unlikely to have stomach cancer. Consult this site for information and if your symptoms persist, see your doctor. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/h-pylori-helicobacter-pylori#1 ...Read more

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I treated erosive gastritis caused by H-pylori. Chances of stomach cancer after H-pylori has been eradicated is the same as the general population?

I treated erosive gastritis caused by H-pylori.   Chances of stomach cancer after H-pylori has been eradicated is the same as the general population?

NO: Incidence of gastric cancer in H - pylori infected individuals is higher than normal population; it is good you got treated, you also will feel better/less gastric troubles with out H- pylori infection. ...Read more

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Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer. What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer.  What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Stomach CA: If someone knows that you have chronic gastritis they have already been down your throat with a scope. Further recommendations for repeat scope should be driven by those with direct visualization of your stomach. That would be the only way to test for cancer. ...Read more

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Could scar tissue in throat turn into cancer since I am a smoker? I have had an upper GI and i was diagnosed with GERD and h. Pylori. There is scar tissure in my throat, which causes me to have a very hard time swallowing food, liquid, saliva. Could smoki

Could scar tissue in throat turn into cancer since I am a smoker? I have had an upper GI and i was diagnosed with GERD and h. Pylori. There is scar tissure in my throat, which causes me to have a very hard time swallowing food, liquid, saliva. Could smoki

Yes: To put in bluntly, you are a prime candidate to get throat cancer. A constant irritation to your throat from stomach acid combined with smoking can transform that irritated tissue into cancer cells. The answer is quite simple: stop smoking, change to a healthy lifestyle, exercise, lose weight if you are overweight, see your doctor regularly. ...Read more

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How long before h pylori turns into cancer?

How long before h pylori turns into cancer?

Probably never: H pylori is the most important risk factor for the common stomach cancer but the vast majority of folks with the bug never get cancer as a result. Hope you are able to get yours eradicated. ...Read more

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How strong of a connection is there between H-pylori and cancer? Is H Pylori easy to treat?

How strong of a connection is there between H-pylori and cancer? Is H Pylori easy to treat?

H. Pylori: Easy to treat usually. I would go to uptodate.com and review H. Pylori and gastric cancer for most recent information. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my reoccurring h.pylori turning into cancer. No h pylori symptoms at all but always tests positive. 23yo. Thanks.

What are the chances of my reoccurring h.pylori turning into cancer. No h pylori symptoms at all but always tests positive. 23yo. Thanks.

Remote: Asymptomatic H pylori infection is quite common. Half to two thirds of the people have the infection. While it is a risk factor for stomach cancer, the incidence of gastric cancer is low. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Once eradicated should I still worry about h pylori causing cancer or lymphoma?

Once eradicated should I still worry about h pylori causing cancer or lymphoma?

No, you should not: No need to worry regarding those issues as long as it has been eradicated. I assume you're referring to esophagitis and barrett's esophagus. Discuss with your doctor however whether follow up for gerd induced esophagitis is still warranted. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for h pylori and read about cancer risk once treated and cured will the risk return to normal???

I have tested positive for h pylori and read about cancer risk once treated and cured will the risk return to normal???

Yes: H. pylori well known to be associated with gastric cancer. The ulcers resulting from the toxins induce migration of bone stem cells to the ulcer which are converted to Ca by the same toxins. By eliminating the organism the risk for developing Ca lesions is markedly reduced. ...Read more

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I have h pylori, a precursor to stomach cancer or not?

I have h pylori, a precursor to stomach cancer or not?

H. Pylori and Cancer: H. Pylori is known to cause an increased risk of stomach cancer. If you have H. Pylori, you should follow your doctor's recommendation for triple therapy and confirm eradication. ...Read more

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Extensive intestinal metaplasia with no evidence of h pylori at 37 years old, male.How long in average until cancer ? Please

Extensive intestinal metaplasia with no evidence of h pylori at 37 years old, male.How long in average until cancer ? Please

Probably never: Do keep in touch with your gastroenterologist, though. You don't give enough for us to second-guess why the study was even done. ...Read more

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Mum has re occurring h pylori. What are the chances of it developing up cancer. 43yo. Trying to get rid of it from few years. Ty. ?

Mum has re occurring h pylori. What are the chances of it developing up cancer. 43yo. Trying to get rid of it from few years. Ty. ?

Higher than without: Data from each country may differ but lifetime risks based on good science say H. Pylori gastritis, which are treatable early on, has about 5.8 to 8x risk of getting gastric carcinoma AND about 8x for lymphoma. So please have your mom get A GI consult, perhaps even a biopsy. That way you will know why H pylori according to you is recurrent. Take care and urge her to go see a specialist. ...Read more

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How frequently does intestinal metaplasia turn into cancer WITHOUT the presence of h pylori? I'm 29 years old and healthy with the following scenario.

How frequently does intestinal metaplasia turn into cancer WITHOUT the presence of h pylori? I'm 29 years old and healthy with the following scenario.

1-10% per year: H.pylori test should also include tests for H.pylori stool antigen, urea breath test, serology (if it was negative on biopsy). If you have +family history or are of certain ethnic background (non-Caucasian), you should consider surveillance endoscopies with mapping biopsies. The decision is also guided by the appearance of the metaplasia (is it extensive or incomplete?). good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Helicobacter Pylori (Definition)

H. pylori is a bacterium which commonly infects the mucus layer in the stomach. It can cause chronic inflammation of the lining of the stomach, and over the course of many years can increase the risk of gastric or duodenal ulcer. It can ...Read more