New study reveals how heartburn, condition that most people consider annoying but not really dangerous, can lead to cancer.
What’s more, relying on drugs for acid reflux to prevent complications from chronic heartburn is futile, reports a recent study.
A condition that people with frequent, uncontrolled heartburn are developing more and more is Barrett’s esophagus, and it is marked by an alarming change in the cellular structure of the lining of the esophagus.
Untreated, it can lead to adenocarcinoma, a form of esophageal cancer.
What’s more frustrating, is that drugs commonly prescribed to stop reflux don’t seem to have any effect in preventing Barrett’s Esophagus or the resulting adenocarcinoma.
The only way to eliminate the damage that is done to the esophagus is to eliminate the reflux in the first place, which proton pump inhibitors don’t always do. They do help with symptom control, but not the underlying cause.
Scientists urge that to prevent the complications, eliminating the cause in the first place will be critical.
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