Frequent heartburn could lead to throat cancer

28 May 2013

Heartburn could indicate an increased risk of throat cancer, according to a new study. Experts from Brown University claim that people who suffer from persistent heartburn at 78 per cent more likely to develop the disease.

At-risk individuals should have a test done to catch throat cancer in its early stages.

Recent health research also suggests that people who take antacids to treat heartburn significantly decrease their risk for throat cancer. Those who took the medication had a 41 per cent lower risk of cancer than those who went without.

Dr Scott Langevin of Brown University said: “Additional studies are needed to validate the chemo-preventative effects of antacids among patients with frequent heartburn.”

Chronic heartburn is becoming increasingly common in the UK. A recent study indicates that the number of patients with the condition has increased 50 per cent over the past ten years. Experts believe this may be caused by rising levels of obesity, alcohol consumption and high-fat diets.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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