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Untreated Heartburn Leads to the Risk of Esophageal Cancer

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Posted in: Oesophagus Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna

Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in incidence. Rates of esophageal cancer have surged due to a lack of awareness about what causes the disease and how it can be prevented. Heartburn is actually a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and is caused by acid refluxing back in the esophagus. Acid reflux is an uncomfortable burning sensation or pain behind the sternum. It happens when the content in your stomach flow upwards in the esophagus because the valve between the two organs does not close properly.

Scientists have known several factors which affect the risk of esophageal cancer. But having a risk factor does not mean you have the disease. Some risk factors of Esophageal Cancer are -

1. Age
2. Gender
3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
4. Alcohol and tobacco
5. Obesity
6. DIet
7. Workplace exposure
8. Injury to the oesophagus
9. History of certain other cancers

A case of acid reflux or heartburn is nothing to worry about. But if you experience it on a regular basis, it’s time to get professional help. Many people don't know that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a potentially serious condition that if left untreated can ultimately lead to esophageal cancer.

The condition occurs when the GERD signs are not treated effectively, it lead to a serious state in which the cell lining of the lower part of the esophagus change or are replaced by the abnormal cells. These cells ultimately become deadly and cancerous. The real problem of GERD signs can lead to esophageal cancer. Other than heartburn, risk factors for the disease are smoking, obesity and excessive consumption of alcohol.

Esophageal Cancer is diagnosed at later stages because of absence of early sign and symptoms leading to delayed cancer treatment. If signs occur, they can include difficulty in swallowing, weight loss and indigestion. Most of the GERD signs can be managed by lifestyle changes such as avoiding large meals, weight loss and eating healthy.

The esophageal cancer treatment is based on cancer size, extent of disease and present condition. The treatment for oesophageal cancer must include a follow up plan for side effects and symptoms, which are an important part of the care.

For times, when the tumour has not spread across, cancer specialists suggest combining different types of treatment of oesophageal cancer such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The order of the treatment can vary depending on a number of factors. But Cancer Healer Therapy by Cancer Healer Center helps to treat the condition. The medicines work on the principle of Immunotherapy and helps to enhance the normal cell growth which can fight back with the uncontrolled cancer cells. Even at advance stages, where there is no hope with conventional mode of treatment, the Cancer Healer Center aims to recover with improved quality of life and higher chances of survival. However, early detection, diagnosis and cancer treatment are the keys to long term digestive health.  

About The Author

Dr. Tarang Krishna - Cancer Specialist

Dr. Tarang Krishna

Dr. Tarang Krishna, Director at Cancer Healer Center, is the perfect epitome of perseverance and dedication.

He has an impressive educational background to his credit. He completed his under-graduation in Medicine and Surgery from Pune, India and did his MD (Hom) from Agra University, India.Thesis on MD was on "Treatment of cancer" where he presented cases of almost 100 patients and the response of the medicines in the treatment of cancer. He then completed his Ph.d in Oncology from the United Kingdom and his thesis on the ‘Efficacy of Medicines in the Treatment of Cancer’ is greatly commemorated and honored.

He befittingly represents alternate medicine and has contributed significantly towards the development and research of immunotherapy.

Through his nationwide chain of “Cancer Healer Center” clinics he strives to offer superior cancer treatment, using immunotherapy.

30 Mar, 2018
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