After eating the spicy meal or junk food ,you can experience heartburns( a common condition which people usually don`t take seriously). With a help of antacid, we get rid of it. Most of you don’t know that indigestion can be a symptom of esophageal and stomach cancer.
Don’t just take an antacid and shrug it off
In the UK, the Public Health England started a campaign that will inform people that heartburn can be a possible symptom of cancer. According to PHE, stomach, and esophageal cancer are the fifth most common cancers in the U.K. with over 13,000 patients diagnosed annually and almost 10,000 people die from these types of cancer during the same period.
This is a warning for American people too:
16,000new cases of stomach and esophageal cancer in the United States are found every year .According to the American Cancer Society, men are 4 times more prone than women. The survival rates in both America and the United Kingdom are not more than 10 percent.
Poor digestion linked to stomach and esophageal cancer
Repeated indigestion for a period of three weeks or more, the feeling of food sticking in your throat whenever you swallow, sudden weight loss without any clear reason, trapped wind and frequent burping, vomiting and nausea, stomach pain and discomfort are the common symptoms of stomach and esophageal cancer.
Major warning sign of stomach and esophageal cancer is the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or of people known as heartburn. According to ACS Gallup poll, 44 % adults in the U.S. have indigestion and heartburn at least once in a month, and almost 30 % of stomach and esophageal cancers can be associated with it.
Protect yourself by making changes in your lifestyle t and keeping GERD under control. Do regular physical activity,eat quality and healthy food ,and of course avoid stress .
Your daily diet should have more fruits and vegetables, 5 smaller portion meals, avoid eating 2-3 hours before sleeping , avoid spicy and acidic foods.
Also, if you are smoker quite immediately ,or at least try cutting it down. Cut down drinking alcohol
The earlier you take action, the better
Visit your doctor .Follow the prevention steps ,but if it doesn’t help , your doctor will suggest more aggressive treatments and prevention, Routine endoscopies are particularly recommended for men over the age of 50, and people who experience more than heartburn and poor digestion, weight loss, anemia, vomiting and trouble swallowing.
REMEMBER: Diagnosing of any type of cancer on time is of vital importance because it increases the chances of treating the disease successfully. Listen to your body and examine yourself .
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