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How Long Does It Take Acid Reflux To Cause Cancer
Varies: Chronic gerd can cause changes to the distal esophagus. These cellular changes are called barrett's esophagus. Once seen on biopsy, these changes must be followed by endoscopy to look for dysplasia, a premalignant cellular change. This usually takes years, so medical management is very important, and endoscopic survey may be necessary. Speak to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Variable: Barrett's esophagus develops in a small number of patients who have had chronic reflux for a number of years( probably at least 5 years or more). Risk for developing Barrett's increases with: tobacco smoking, obesity, hiatal hernia, symptoms during sleep and onset of GERD before age 30. Consider endoscopy if (+) risk factors or if age over 50. ...Read more
How long does errosive esophagitus take to form into Barrets esophagus? How long does does it usually take for you to develop barrets with gerd?
It is uncommon: Barrets esophagus is a rare complication of chronic GERD(Not associated with erosive esophagitis unless it is chronic and ongoing for many years.).You are advised to have Upper Endoscopy(EGD) if you have had symptoms of GERD for more than 20 years. Right now you are too young to worry about it. Just take regular antacids, preferably PPI drugs which are more effective than H2 blockers. ...Read more
Not all get it ,: Not all patients will get barrett's ulcer after gerd only few will get it, months or years of assault with on acid sensitive esophageal squamous , to premalignant columnar & glandular type of lining with 20 % of malignant transformation , need close follow up , to catch early and possible some type of ant-reflux procedure (surgery ) to prevent malignancy. ...Read more
Depends : If these are few and far between, then an over-the-counter antacid like Tums or Pepcid (famotidine) ac will work within an hour. However, if you have daily episodes of acid reflux, you are better of taking a medication such a Prilosec daily (which may take 1-2 days to take effect however). ...Read more
Unknown/years likely: Barrett's esophagus is a response to chronic reflux. Esoph cells start to look like stomach or intestinal cells. Problem is there still in the esophagus. They don't resist acid etc, as well, can predispose to esoph ca (10000x nl, but only 1% barrett's cases). Problem is sometimes pts with barrett's don't have heartburn. Chronic and/or frequent, and/or severe sx, see your doc; consider scope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure that: Any one has done the human experiment of snuff dose/time/exposure to discern minimal dose and time of a carcinogen to cause a potentially lethal event. It would be unethical. Dipping and snorting a carcinogen maybe legal, and in our libertarian culture, you are entitled to do it. Adolescents as young as 15 have developed h&n cancer/. ...Read more
No short answer: It depends on how long and well you treated it before you stopped. If you put 2 bricks under each side of the head of your bed it will let gravity help keep the acid out of the esophagus. Also carafate (sucralfate) (sulcrafate) liquid in the evening or 3 times a day may help more cheaply. Zantac helps some people. If you're having heartburn you're causing damage. Some people have damage without heartburn. ...Read more
How common does heart burn cause esophageal cancer? I'm worried about it cause I get acid reflux a lot. How often can I take Zantac (ranitidine) 300mg will it cure
Rare: The majority of esophageal Ca's are in the cardioesophageal junction where stomach meets esophagus. This tumor is induced by h. pylori. This organism induces ulcers in mucosa which is repaired by influx of bone marrow stem cells. The helicobacter toxin then converts the stem cells to the malignant form which grows as a cancer. ...Read more
Can't: There is an elaborate disinformation campaign about aspartame. Someone more cynical than I am would think perhaps the sugar and corn syrup industries are behind it. Aspartame is not a mutagen capable of damaging dna; real carcinogens are. Examine the tone of these folks' claims & lack of any scientific papers -- they're not real truth-seekers; or ask you local biochemistry teacher. ...Read more
How long does acid reflux have to occur untreated before it starts causing problems? Like cancer.
Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more
Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more
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