Why Does Successful Drug Treatment of GERD Increase Cancer?
August 12, 2011
A recent study found that medically treated patients with mild or absent GERD symptoms have significantly higher odds of a form of cancer, esophageal adenocarcinoma, than medically treated patients who still suffer from severe GERD symptoms.
Testing of more than 750 patients with GERD revealed adenocarcinogenesis in 122. The researchers found that severe GERD symptoms correlated with decreased odds of adenocarcinogenesis.
According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:
“Patients taking proton pump inhibitors were 61.3 percent and 81.5 percent more likely to have adenocarcinogenesis if they reported no severe typical or atypical GERD symptoms, respectively, compared with patients taking proton pump inhibitors, who reported that all symptoms were severe.”