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Can a hernia cause cancer?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
10 doctors agree

In brief: No, but..

If you mean hiatal hernia (stomach pops up into chest): can increase backflow of stomach contents, which can increase esophagitis, which can cause pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus), which can sometimes cause cancer, then yes, indirectly, and on occasion, hernias can cause cancer. Otherwise things like inguinal (groin) hernias do not cause cancer.

In brief: No, but..

If you mean hiatal hernia (stomach pops up into chest): can increase backflow of stomach contents, which can increase esophagitis, which can cause pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus), which can sometimes cause cancer, then yes, indirectly, and on occasion, hernias can cause cancer. Otherwise things like inguinal (groin) hernias do not cause cancer.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Camil Sader
Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

It is extremely unusual to associate hernias with cancer.

In brief: No

It is extremely unusual to associate hernias with cancer.
Dr. Camil Sader
Dr. Camil Sader
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Dr. Ray Holt
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

A hernia cannot cause cancer.

In brief: No

A hernia cannot cause cancer.
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt
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