People are familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of acid reflux. A recent US study found that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) may increase the risk of laryngeal cancer , tonsil, and some sinus cancers in the elderly .
Experts say that this study does not prove causality, but the results of the study emphasize that if acid reflux becomes a long-term problem, you must seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
The main symptom of acid reflux is heartburn, which feels like the center of the chest is burning. You may also taste a strange sour taste in your mouth. This is because in people with GORD, stomach acid can seep into the esophagus, which is the food tube that leads to the throat.
The study involved 13,805 American men and women aged 66 and over who had cancers of the respiratory tract and neck. The researchers found that the most common cause of acid reflux is the throat, and the weakest is the sinuses.
Overall, older people with this disease are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with certain neck cancers as without GORD. This study has certain limitations, especially the additional risks posed by drinking and smoking are not taken into account. However, it is necessary to identify people at risk, improve monitoring, and find early diagnosis and treatment.
This study did find a link, but did not take into account the risk factors of these cancer types, such as smoking and drinking, and if so, what is the role of acid reflux.
The British National Health Insurance system recommends that if you have stomach upsets, you should try:
Ø Eat less and eat more meals;
Ø Raise the head of the bed by 10-20cm, or put something on it to ensure that stomach acid will not flow back to the throat;
Ø If it is important to lose weight;
Ø Relax yourself.