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Last Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Untreated Heartburn Leads To The Risk Of Esophageal Cancer

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Dr. Dipendra SinghHomeopathy Doctor • 16 Years Exp.BHMS, MD - Homeopathy

Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in incidence. Rates of esophageal cancer have surged due to a lack of awareness about what causes the disease and how it can be prevented. Heartburn is actually a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and is caused by acid refluxing back in the esophagus. Acid reflux is an uncomfortable burning sensation or pain behind the sternum. It happens when the content in your stomach flow upwards in the esophagus because the valve between the two organs does not close properly.

Scientists have known several factors which affect the risk of esophageal cancer. But having a risk factor does not mean you have the disease. Some risk factors of Esophageal Cancer are -

1. Age
2. Gender
3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
4. Alcohol and tobacco
5. Obesity
6. DIet
7. Workplace exposure
8. Injury to the oesophagus
9. History of certain other cancers

A case of acid reflux or heartburn is nothing to worry about. But if you experience it on a regular basis, it’s time to get professional help. Many people don't know that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a potentially serious condition that if left untreated can ultimately lead to esophageal cancer.

The condition occurs when the GERD signs are not treated effectively, it lead to a serious state in which the cell lining of the lower part of the esophagus change or are replaced by the abnormal cells. These cells ultimately become deadly and cancerous. The real problem of GERD signs can lead to esophageal cancer. Other than heartburn, risk factors for the disease are smoking, obesity and excessive consumption of alcohol.

Esophageal Cancer is diagnosed at later stages because of absence of early sign and symptoms leading to delayed cancer treatment. If signs occur, they can include difficulty in swallowing, weight loss and indigestion. Most of the GERD signs can be managed by lifestyle changes such as avoiding large meals, weight loss and eating healthy.

The esophageal cancer treatment is based on cancer size, extent of disease and present condition. The treatment for oesophageal cancer must include a follow up plan for side effects and symptoms, which are an important part of the care.



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