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Heartburn May Be a Risk Factor for Throat Cancer

June 14, 2013 by Teresa     0

It is an accepted fact that people who smoke or use tobacco products are at a much higher risk of developing throat cancer. Frequent drinking also increases this risk. When the two are combined, the results are even more lethal. However, did you know that frequent heartburn also increases the risk of cancer of the throat and vocal chords? What makes this information strikingly different is that the group that it can equally affect our nondrinkers and nonsmokers according to a new study.

That's not all...

Surprisingly, this study also indicated that antacids may provide protection against cancer. Prescription medications did not seem to have the same benefits.

Heartburn is aptly named since the symptoms include an uncomfortable warm and burning sensation in a person's chest. Generally speaking, this feeling begins right behind the sternum, and it can make its way up into the throat, neck and jaw. People who suffer with chronic heartburn often resort to over the counter antacids and other medications to try and control the symptoms.

Surprising statistics

The results of the study strongly suggests that frequent heartburn was directly associated with a 78% higher risk for cancers of the throat and vocal chords even though the participants were neither heavy smokers or drinkers. However, taking antacids appeared to reduce this risk factor by 41%. That is significant!

Further studies are needed...

Although the initial outcomes are promising, more studies are needed to truly validate the protective benefits of antacids among those patients who suffer from frequent heartburn. It is also important to note that the long-term use of antacids is accompanied by problems as well, possibly raising the risk for developing esophageal cancer.

It is important to weigh all of your options once you have been diagnosed with chronic heartburn. Left untreated, heartburn can cause further health issues.

Filed under: Heartburn.

Tags: heart burn, throat cancer, taking antacids, frequent hearburn, medications, chronic heartburn.

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