• Don't ignore chronic heartburn; it could raise your cancer risk -- Have you ever heard this? I had hearburn for years before me diagnosis.

    Asked by Throatless on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Don't ignore chronic heartburn; it could raise your cancer risk -- Have you ever heard this? I had hearburn for years before me diagnosis.


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    • geekling's Avatar

      I have heard of this. The gal who leads my walking group has digestive issues and she is very cognizant of her risks.

      I wish knowledge for more people. I also wish I had more information about "ablation".

      Hope you are doing better. Best wishes.

      about 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I had also heard of this. But, I don't know how common the knowledge is. Nor do I know how much people heed what they hear...

      Thanks for sharing!

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      One of our members @chiefomni is head of the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation and has posted about this before, yes, it is a common thing. Get checked if you have persistent heartburn.

      about 2 years ago
    • Overlyaverage's Avatar

      I had heartburn for years and it stopped. Then I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. There hasn't been a return of the heartburn.

      about 2 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I had Gerd my entire life. I went through many times with Prilosec...Tums and stuff....4 years ago I started taking one Tagamet in the morning and one at night and Gaviscon tbs before bed and never had another problem...BTW look up Tagamet as a help for cancer.

      about 2 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I did know about this. I have suffered with acid reflux all my adult life. Something I know I have to be careful about. Right now I take a Prilosec in the morning and evening and it seems to be working most days

      about 2 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Never had heartburn or any stomach problem except motion sickness and what I called "stress nausea". Because I was often careless about my lunches like leaving tuna and egg salad sandwiches in a hot car in summer, I had a few bouts with food poisoning. But heartburn never had it until after treatment. Now I have it frequently

      about 2 years ago
    • Jenvivace's Avatar

      I knew it was a common cause of esophageal cancer. Unfortunately I am an anomaly. I never had heartburn or GERD or even silent reflux, but managed to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer at 39 as an otherwise very healthy individual, in shape, active, good diet.

      about 2 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Yes, I've been diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus. My GERD got worse after chemo so I asked my doctor about it, and he recommended an endoscopy which I had at the same time as my last colonoscopy (I call it, the 2-for-1 deal). While I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus, fortunately, there is no dysplasia, which is the pre-cancerous stage. I was terrified and did a ton of research and even found the primo specialist in ablation. After a year on Nexium as prescribed by my GI, I had a repeat endoscopy and the Barrett's has actually improved to where it's not even officially diagnosed as Barrett's any longer. Since I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy next year, I'll have another endoscopy done at that time to determine whether we will continue with annual endoscopies or have it done every other year along with my colonoscopy.

      Both my GI and a good friend who is in GI research at one of the top cancer hospitals in the region have both told me the likelihood of Barrett's developing into cancer is very low, but it is so easily diagnosed and monitored by an endoscopy. While I'm not a fan of any procedure where I have to be put under anesthesia, I am very appreciative that my doctors suggested an endoscopy. If you have reflux often, please talk to your doctor. It's not worth the risk of it developing into esophageal cancer.

      about 2 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I've heard this. I've never had heartburn, except right after each of my chemo treatments.

      about 2 years ago

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