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How long does it take for acid reflux to cause espphageal cancer?

How long does it take for acid reflux to cause espphageal 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

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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How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

Many Yrears: Cancer is a rare complication of acid reflux disease..It takes more than 20 years of untreated disease before this complication occurs. ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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

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How long does acid reflux have to occur untreated before it starts causing problems? Like cancer.

How long does acid reflux have to occur untreated before it starts causing problems? Like cancer.

Too variable: It usually takes years of reflux to cause cancer, but reflux can cause other problems much sooner, such as chest pain, bleeding, scarring and obstruction of esophagus etc. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

No: Acid reflux can lead, in rare cases, to barrett's esophagus, which can predispose to esophageal cancer. This is extremely rare, as reflux is quite common (most people experience this at some point). Reflux is not associated with lung cancer, at least not as a related cause. ...Read more

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Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

Not likely: Acid reflux is not like to cause 'throat' cancer - which i would define as oropharynx. However, persistent acid reflux is clearly associated with a condition called barret's esophagus and the potential for development of esogphagela cancer (though i would consider that 'throat.' if you ahve a history of acid refulx, talk wtih your pcp about the need to see a GI doc. ...Read more

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How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

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 more

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What are typical symptoms of throat cancer caused by Acid Reflux?

See below: Acid reflux is not a known cause of throat cancer. To learn about symptoms of throat cancer, please consult this site: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/oral-and-throat-cancer/basics/symptoms/CON-20042850 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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 Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Yes but (answer #2): Sucralfate is adjunctive therapy that likely forms a coating over damaged tissue, in theory protecting the area from further injury. No drug is perfect however, so long-term safety and efficacy here may not achieve your goal. ...Read more

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Brother at 52 diag. Colon cancer. I'm 47 and have Type 1&2 Bristol chart feces for a very long time. Acid reflux, choking at night on acid chestpain?

Unrelated to Ca: Bristol Classification measures stool shapeand transit time in bowel, unrelated to any malignant pathology developing in the colon. the upper GI symptoms and acid reflux are unrelated to potential for a colonic reoplasm which usually is induced via the polyoma virus entering mucosa and establishing a field effect in which various lesion arise. One should check out bowel pathology via colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can silent reflux cause can acid reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or COPD orlung cancer ?

Not usually: Acid reflux affects the esophagus and, at times, the upper respiratory passage(larynx, trachea) but i wouldn't expect pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer as complications. If you have reflux, see your md for treatment and dietary advice in order to protect your esophagus from chronic changes. ...Read more

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How can pancreatic cancer cause a feeling of acid reflux or burning stomach? (some people seem to note having these symptoms prior to PC diagnosis)

How can pancreatic cancer cause a feeling of acid reflux or burning stomach? (some people seem to note having these symptoms prior to PC diagnosis)

Very silent: pancreatic cancer is a very silent cancer, discovered by accident unless it is advanced. the GI symptoms has nothing to do with the cancer itself, it is either unrelated other illnesses, or the cancer already advanced and start causing problems to the adjacent organs, like liver and stomach. high level of suspicion specially in patient with family history might lead to early discovery. ...Read more

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Does pancreatic cancer cause severe acid reflux? Or only stomach cancer causes it?

Does pancreatic cancer cause severe acid reflux? Or only stomach cancer causes it?

Either, neither: Can have severe acid reflux without any cancer at all. Anything that causes obstruction to stomach emptying (or blocks the duodenum-first part of small intestine) can increase reflux; this can include cancerous and non cancerous causes. ...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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Read that acid reflux increases ur risk of esophageal cancer. How is this possible? I know it causes irritation but stomach acid is not a carcinogen..

Read that acid reflux increases ur risk of esophageal cancer. How is this possible? I know it causes irritation but stomach acid is not a carcinogen..

It is: the chronic constant irritating of the acid to the lining of the esophagus,will create condition known as Barrett esophagitis that has more than ten fold to become cancer,so the acid kind if carcinogenic when it comes to the esophagus ...Read more

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Is it common for heart burn to cause cancer in the stomach? What are ways to get rid of heart burn & acid reflux

Is it common for heart burn to cause cancer in the stomach? What are ways to get rid of heart burn & acid reflux

No: GERD does not cause stomach cancer. It can slightly increase the risk of esophageal cancer, however. Most people who have chronic GERD require medication to keep the heartburn under control, although avoiding particular foods which cause it, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, tilting the bed, and avoiding large meals before bedtime can also help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?

I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?

GERD: Severe reflux can result in the development of barrett's esophagus; which has an increased incidence of developing esophageal cancer. Upper endoscopy is a simple method for evaluating any esophageal disease. If your problem is severe, you should be on some form of acid blockade such as omeprazole. You may even benefit from some type of antireflux surgery. ...Read more

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My dad has acid reflux which i'm pretty sure i have. Help please scared of cancer! what is the probability?

Low risk: The risk of cancer with acid reflux is low, but there are other potential complications like ulcers in esophagus, bleeding, damage to larynx (voice box) and aspiration of refluxed into lungs and pneumonia. To address this you should lose weight if you are overweight and see your doctor for medical treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

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


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Reflux (Definition)

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