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How long does it take for esophagal cancer to develop?

How long does it take for esophagal cancer to develop?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer. ...Read more

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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Ive read drinking very hot drinks increases your risk of esophagal cancer. Is this true? Coffee/tea isnt carcinogenic so i dont understand how

Ive read drinking very hot drinks increases your risk of esophagal cancer. Is this true? Coffee/tea isnt carcinogenic so i dont understand how

No increase: The onlysuggestion of oral intake affecting esophageal pathology is long terms alcohol abuse. This may make the esophageal lining more susceptible to the effects of posible carcinogens in the diet, reflux of h. pylori or entry of viruses into the esophageal mucosa. Hot drinks that you have heard can increase development of esophageal malignancies does not hold true. ...Read more

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Are menthol cigs less likely to cause throat/esophagal cancer? Menthol is used in coughdrops so is it less irritating on the throat? Or no difference

Are menthol cigs less likely to cause throat/esophagal cancer? Menthol is used in coughdrops so is it less irritating on the throat? Or no difference

No difference: The menthol in these cigarettes makes them feel different. However, it does not work like cough drops. In fact, some reports indicate that menthol cigarettes are worse for you than non-menthol. The bottom line is that any cigarette increases your risk for all sorts of cancers and lung diseases. ...Read more

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After eating I constantly regurgitate food but I don't have the taste of stomach acid. Is this serious and can this cause esophagal cancer? Help!

After eating I constantly regurgitate food but I don't have the taste of stomach acid. Is this serious and can this cause esophagal cancer? Help!

Unlikely cancer: Esophageal cancer in a 25 year old patient is very unusual. Nonetheless, the symptoms you report are very concerning and mandate a face-to-face physician examination. You should also have an upper endoscopy meaning a video camera that is slid down the mouth into the esophagus while you are asleep. This will show if this is a tumor, or something else like achalasia, or diffuse esophageal spasm. ...Read more

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Are non menthol cigarettes more likely to cause throat/esophagal cancer? Does the menthol cause less irritation to your throat? Or no difference?

Are non menthol cigarettes more likely to cause throat/esophagal cancer? Does the menthol cause less irritation to your throat? Or no difference?

All cigs are bad!: smoking is smoking- it is bad for you and people around you. There is potential for FDA to pull menthol off market- since they may be more addictive due to taste. All smoking causes multiple cancers, copd, emphysema, poor healing and so on. Seek help to stop . ...Read more

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What are the chances of having throat or esophagal cancer by the age of 25? About 4.5 pack years. Had acid reflux but take prilosec now and its fine

What are the chances of having throat or esophagal cancer by the age of 25? About 4.5 pack years. Had acid reflux but take prilosec now and its fine

Low risk at your age: Your risk of esophageal cancer is low at your age. I hope you are now an ex-smoker. However, if you have H. pylori infection as a cause of your reflux, you remain at risk for esophageal Ca. Take Mastic Gum (from a health food store) for your H. pylori and reflux. 1000 mg/day kills 99% of H. pylori in two weeks. ...Read more

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What is cancer?

Uncontrolled growth: Cancer or malignancy, refers to uncontrolled growth of cells, invasion and destruction of normal tissues by these cells and spread to distant organs with damage to those organs. ...Read more

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What is cancer?

What is cancer?

Abnormal growth: Body has capacity to control its growth, maintain cells normal structure & function , have a purpose, will co ordinate with other cells of body, stays with in the confinements like a well trained army, cancer cell does exactly opposite, abnormal cell no control invade and spread to other tissue and cancer cell has no purpose in the body. ...Read more

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What is cancer?

What is cancer?

Abnormal cells: quoted from Medicine Net. com:. "Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and in some places metastasize (spread). Cancer is not one disease. It is a group of more than 100 different distinctive diseases." You can go online and research more about the different types. ...Read more

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What is cancer?

What is cancer?

Mutated cells: A tumor is a clone of cells bearing genetic mutations that cause inappropriate growth, and that has acquired the ability to induce its own new blood vessels as a new organ would. A cancer is a tumor in which the genome has become destabilized, so it acquires new mutations and eventually gains the ability to invade locally and usually to spread. All cancers will kill if not treated properly. ...Read more