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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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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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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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What are risk factors for esophageal cancer?

What are risk factors for esophageal cancer?

Two types: For adenocarcinoma, the main risk factor is acid reflux or gerd. For squamous cell carcinoma, the main risk factors are smoking and alcoholol. ...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 esophageal cancer? 

What are the risk factors for esophageal cancer? 

Depends on type: For adenocarcinoma, the risk factors are mainly acid reflux, leading to barrett's metaplasia, and being male. The risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma include smoking, alcohol, radiation exposure, other head and neck cancers, caustic ingestion, a condition called achalasia, eating foods with nitrates, and conditions called chaga's disease and tylosis. ...Read more

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What increases risk for lung cancer.?

What increases risk for lung cancer.?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of stomach cancer? 

Who is at risk of stomach cancer? 

Smoked foods?: The risk of gastric cancer has been associated with consumption of smoked and salted foods and lack of refrigeration. The widespread use of refrigeration has been cited as a reason for the decrease in the incidence of gastric cancer in the US since 1930. Several studies have demonstrated an association between Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer. Common in Japan, Iceland, Chile & Costa Rica. ...Read more

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What factors increases the risk of esophageal cancer?

What factors increases the risk of esophageal cancer?

Chronic Heartburn: Severe gastro-esophageal reflux can lead to adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. If you have severe heartburn, see your doctor so you can be screened for pre-cancerous changes of your esophagus. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction. What are the odds?

Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction. What are the odds?

Better: Quitting improves them. Work with family physician towards comprehensive wellness. It's important to understand there are numerous disease that smoking will increase risk. Per lung cancer, there are some online resources to help calculate risk: http://goo.Gl/divhj and http://goo.Gl/r9ita. ...Read more

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Does celiac increase risk of colon cancer?

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Does celiac increase risk of colon cancer?

No: Most studies found that it does not increase risk for colon cancer. But it does for other type of cancers, such as small bowel cancer or lymphoma. ...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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Does higher level of c reactive protein increase the risk of getting diseases like cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and lung cancer?

Does higher level of c reactive protein increase the risk of getting diseases like cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and lung cancer?

Limited usefulness: C-reactive protein is very useful in making the diagnosis of a couple of uncommon illnesses, such as temporal arteritis, in which it is much elevated. It is neither sensitive nor specific for anything else, and especially, as a pathologist i'm unimpressed with it as a screen for any health risk -- it's neither sensitive nor specific, and generates useless worry. Live healthy ; forget it. ...Read more

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Is smoking a risk factor for colon cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is smoking a risk factor for colon cancer?

Yes: Smoking is one of the risk factors for colon cancer. Others will include- genetics, processed red meat, obesity, alcohol, inflammatory bowel disease etc. ...Read more

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Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Genetic testing: Probably the best way is for someone in your family get the brac/brca test to see if your family carriers the gene for breast and ovarian cancer. A low fat diet and not smoking are important for non genetic breast cancer. Regular self exams are important too. ...Read more

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Does cohn disease increase your risk for colon cancer?

Does cohn disease increase your risk for colon cancer?

While Chron's can: Have varied course, it can affect the entire gut. It's cousin, ulcerative colitis that affects the large bowel, is the cancer prone malady. Chron's, aka regional enteritis, can cause a great deal of misery, but it is not usually a cancer prone illness. ...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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Does smoking increase the risk of lung cancer?

Yes!: While cancer can occur in the lungs of non-smokers (specifically, pulmonary adenocarcinoma or metastatic carcinoma from another primary site), it is difficult to dispute the data that show lung cancer is more common in smokers than non-smokers. ...Read more

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Does uterine cancer increase the risk for colon cancer?

Does uterine cancer increase the risk for colon cancer?

Sometimes: There is a familial disorder known as lynch syndrome which increases both the risk of colon cancer and endometrial (uterine) cancer. About 5% of all colon cancers are caused by lynch syndrome. If a family has multiple cases of both colon and endometrial cancer or colon cancer under the age of 40, lynch syndrome should be considered. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more