Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cancer fears as fatty diets trigger 50% surge in heartburn in just a decade

[ via Mail Online ] 22 Dec

Obesity could be driving a 50 per cent rise in people suffering acid reflux over the last decade, research suggests.

Concern is mounting because the condition can trigger oesophageal cancer, which is also on the increase.

Reflux – where acid from the stomach leaks into the gullet, or oesophagus, causing heartburn – has been linked to obesity, diets high in fatty foods, alcohol and smoking.

Experts say that by not smoking or drinking alcohol, and by choosing a healthy diet, most of the 8,000 oesophageal cancer cases diagnosed each year could be prevented.

Read more: Mail Online

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