CAN MY HEARTBURN CAUSE CANCER? I’m a 57-year-old woman and have had heartburn every night for the past year. I drink Eno, but it doesn’t work. When I asked the doctor, he said it is normal. Cool haircuts for young girls There’s a history of lung cancer and heart attacks in my family. Could this increase my risk for these diseases? Sandile, email Dear Sandile: Heartburn normally occurs when stomach acid goes back up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach (oesophagus). You will commonly experience it when lying down or bending over. There is a risk of it increasing when you’re overweight or pregnant. The following food triggers it: spicy foods, onions, citrus products, tomato products, fatty or fried foods and alcohol. It is normal to have it frequently, but Eno is definitely not the answer. Ask your doctor to refer you for a thorough check-up to rule out any abnormalities so the correct medication can be prescribed. If not properly treated, the acid can cause inflammation and bleeding in the oesophagus. Although rare, cancer of the oesophagus can occur.
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