Why Heartburn, ACID Reflux And Stomach Pain Could Be Early Warning Signs Of Cancer
Just about everyone has experienced a heart burn at one point in their life. It’s really uncomfortable and it burns, for some it makes them feel nauseous and when we have one we just pop a pill to reduce the heart burn pain.
You might have never thought twice about it, and maybe you just ate food that was too spicy for your body but, the signs that come with heart burns can be a sign of Stomach or Esophageal Cancer. With any cancer this is the red flag that shows up for this cancer.
Don’t just take an antacid and shrug it off
In the U.K., the Public Health England (PHE) has launched a campaign to alert people to heartburn as a possible warning sign of cancer – forgo the stiff upper lip approach to pain and see your doctor. PHE says stomach and esophageal cancer are the fifth most common cancers in the U.K., with nearly 13,000 people diagnosed every year. And roughly 10,000 people die from the same during the same period.
A research confirmed that over 16,000 people were diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer every year just in the United States alone. It occurs three out of four times more likely in men over women according to American Cancer Society.
Poor digestion linked to stomach and esophageal cancer
According to both PHE and the ACS, the symptoms of stomach and esophageal cancer include poor digestion over the course of three weeks or more; the feeling of food sticking in your throat whenever you swallow; the loss of body weight for no apparent reason; trapped wind and frequent burping; nausea and vomiting, as well as stomach pain or some discomfort.
Acid reflux or as some know it as Acid Indigestion, tends to happens from the failure of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to contract after ingesting food. This causes the stomach acid to bring the food back up into the esophagus. Acid reflux usually causes heart burn but no pain accompanied with it. In a more severe case, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) occurs. But gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – what commonly shows up as heartburn – is now considered a major warning sign. A study confirmed stating that 44 percent of adults in America deal with heart burn at least once a month and 30 percent of these people are cases of stomach and esophageal cancer.
Lifestyle tips to protect yourself
The ACS suggests you can make simple lifestyle changes in order to control GERD. Increasing your physical activity is one, but many have to do with what, when and how much you eat.
Try to eat more fruits and vegetables daily and eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than one bog meal. Don’t eat two or three hours before going to sleep, reduce the amount of spicy consumed. If you are a smoking reduce the amount you smoke daily as smoking leads to heart burns. Another thing to keep in mind is the amount you drink as drinking is also a main factor.
The earlier you take action, the better
Follow the steps above but if you are still feeling signs of heartburn and poor digestion, your doctor will probably recommended aggressive forms of treatment and prevention. This will include medications and other nonsurgical medical procedures, as well as laparoscopic and open surgeries, and endoscopic therapies. Routine endoscopies are especially necessary for men over the age of 50, and those who experience something more than heartburn and poor digestion, weight loss, trouble swallowing, vomiting or anemia.
The earlier that stomach and esophageal cancer are diagnosed, the more likely treatments will prove successful. People showing the early signs of these cancers should visit their family doctor straightaway so that they can receive referrals for much needed tests and medical attention.
If you’re experiencing repeated heartburn, please don’t delay a visit to your doctor.