Heartburn may be a predictor of oral cancer

There may be more to simple heartburn


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New research from the U.S. has suggested that gastric reflux, which causes frequent heartburn, is associated with throat cancer and cancer of the vocal cords. In addition, the study of almost 1,900 individuals found that antacid substances could reduce the risk of developing these cancers.

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The study, which was conducted at the Brown University, included 468 throat cancer patients, 163 vocal cord cancer patients and 1,234 healthy controls. All participants provided information about their history of heartburn, smoking and drinking habits, and their family history of cancer.

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