Frequent Heartburn May Predict Cancers of the Throat, Vocal Cords

Man with Frequent heartburn

07. 01. 2013

What many may think as just the typical run-of-the-mill heartburn, may actually be a lot more than heartburn. “Frequent heartburn was positively associated with cancers of the throat and vocal cord among nonsmokers and nondrinkers, and the use of antacids, but not prescription medications, had a protective effect, according to data published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.”

Scott Langevin, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University in Providence, R.I. and his colleagues found that among participants who were neither heavy smokers nor heavy drinkers, a history of frequent heartburn was linked to a 78 percent increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cord.

“Additional studies are needed to validate the chemopreventive effects of antacids among patients with frequent heartburn,” Langevin said.