Chronic Heartburn Tied to Higher Odds for Head, Neck Cancers
Millions of American seniors suffer the discomfort of chronic acid reflux. Now, new research suggests the condition might raise their odds for even more dangerous foes -- head and neck cancers.
The research can't prove cause-and-effect, and the odds of any one person with chronic heartburn developing one of these relatively rare cancers remains low, experts noted.
But the study of nearly 28,000 Americans over the age of 65 did show a heightened risk.
NYMC Faculty: Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of medicine