Chronic Heartburn And Acid Reflux Might Be Early Sign Of Cancer. THIS Is What You Need To Know
During a lifetime, most adults experience heartburn. A Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and can be felt in the throat, neck, or angle of the jaw. A heartburn is commonly associated with a regurgitation of an acid found in the stomach known as gastric acid. The acid digests the food we consume, but when it rises the esophagus, a burning sensation is felt.
Stomach pain is a dull ache in the stomach or cramps. It is usually short-lived, but it is a greater cause of concern when it becomes severe. Medical assistance should be administered especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area.
At the end of the esophagus, where it connects with the stomach, there is a valve. This valve prevents acid present in the stomach to move up the esophagus. Acid reflux is a condition where the acid rises the esophagus. Acid reflux causes heartburn and chest pain. According to research conducted in the US, forty-four percent of adults suffers from heartburn, stomach pain or acid reflux once every month. Therefore, they are prevalent conditions though manageable.
Poor digestion is also referred to as dyspepsia. This is a condition characterized by failure of enzymes and acids down the digestive system to function properly. It is caused by some causes including; stress, microflora imbalance, bad eating habits, food allergies, sensitiveness among others. Poor indigestion results to constipation, diarrhea, and gas influx in the digestive system, and cramping bloating and low level of energy. In this case, the food ingested is not absorbed as required and therefore, the person suffering from this condition feels weak.
Stomach cancer is a disease where cancerous cells develop in the lining of the stomach. It can be attributed to an infection by a bacteria called H. pylori, indigestion among other factors according to the findings by researchers. It is a disease with no symptoms and it is often diagnosed at the advanced stage when symptoms arise.
Esophagus cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus, a tube that food passes through to the stomach. It is a disease that originates from the cells of the lining of the esophagus. The disease can attack any part of the esophagus but more often affects the lowest part. This disease mostly affects men than women according to research. Poor indigestion results from acid reflux to the esophagus. Therefore, the mucus on the lining of the esophagus is removed by the acid leaving the coating exposed to the acid. This causes the rough surface cracks leading to the abnormal growth of cells hence cancer.
Gastroesophageal reflux is a disease caused by mucosal damage resulting from chronic acid reflux. On the other hand, a heartburn is caused by occasional acid reflux. Therefore, several heartburns develop to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux.
The above serious diseases can cause loss of lives. According to research, not all cancers can be prevented. However the prevalence of the disease can be prevented by avoiding risk factors such as;
Avoiding use of alcohol and tobacco; a change of lifestyle like quitting smoking or avoiding alcohol significantly reduces chances of getting the diseases.
Being on the lookout about diet and body weight; it is important to eat a healthy diet while maintaining a healthy weight. A diet should comprise fruits and vegetables to avoid various cancers. More so, it is important to exercise and to keep fit to avoid being overweight or obese.
In my opinion, a natural remedy to prevent heartburn and acid reflux is by being keen on how I eat, what I eat and when to eat and what I drink.
In conclusion, heartburns and acid reflux are manageable conditions and with proper nutrition and exercising they can happen less. However if they become chronic, it is importance to visit a physician.