Acid Reflux and Esophogeal Cancer

Topic Title: Acid Reflux and Esophogeal Cancer
Created On: 10/01/2009 11:52 AM

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I found an article called: Control Acid Reflux To Help Prevent Esophageal Cancer. It gives some tips on how to prevent acid reflux. The tips are:

1. Work on losing weight: Obesity leads to hiatus hernia and reflux which are in turn responsible for the increasing rates of esophageal cancer. Talk to your family physician about developing a plan to lose weight by eating well and exercising regularly.

2. Don’t lie down after eating: For those with acid reflux, the valve between the esophagus and the stomach doesn’t function properly, allowing the contents of the stomach to back up into the esophagus. Lying down can make this problem worse, leading to late-night heartburn. Be sure to eat early to give your stomach time to empty before bedtime.

3. Sleep propped up: Lying down can exacerbate acid reflux. If you have reflux, consider arranging pillows so that your head and upper chest are elevated while you sleep. Stomach acid, like water, does not roll uphill.

4. Take an antacid: Neutralize stomach acid before it backs up into the esophagus with antacids.

5. Talk to your doctor: If you have a long history of severe heartburn or acid indigestion, talk to your doctor about Barrett’s esophagus, which increases your risk of developing cancer. Even if your acid reflux symptoms are controlled, you still could be at risk. The only way to diagnose Barrett’s is with an endoscopy and biopsy. Esophageal cancer can be cured, if it is diagnosed early.

The article is about a 49 year old man named Jim Bonell who suffered from acid reflux. Never did he thought that this condition will be dangerous enough to diagnose him with esophageal cancer. His chronic acid reflux led him to have the condition Barrett's diseasr, which puts people at high risk for esophageal cancer.
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Did you know that Esophageal cancer is one of the most serious side effects of chronic acid reflux? According to a recent article written by Jonathan LaPook, M.D. and published on CBS News online, "About ten percent of patients with long-standing acid reflux develop changes in the swallowing tube that increase the risk of adenocarcinoma, a deadly cancer with a 5-year survival rate of less than 15 percent." This condition is also called Barrett's Esophagus, effecting 1 in 200 patients each year. To read more from this article, visit:
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