While I don’t mean to frighten you, I do suggest seeking medical advice if you persistently experience these symptoms. Often times, people relate these symptoms to stress and treat them casually with antacids or H-2 blockers.
The problem is you might experience some short-lived relief with these treatments, but you may also mask the symptoms to a degree where you delay a physician’s ability to identify genuine stomach cancer symptoms and diagnose the cancer early enough to treat it successfully. Continue reading
It is important to understand stomach ulcers — often referred to as peptic ulcers or gastric ulcers — in order to identify them. Individuals suffering from a stomach ulcer will have a small erosion in the gastrointestinal tract. If the erosion occurs in the stomach it is called a gastric ulcer. If it occurs in the first twelve inches of the small intestine beyond the stomach, it is called a duodenal ulcer. Duodenal ulcers are much more common but are often still simply referred to generally as stomach ulcers.
Earlier symptoms are most difficult to associate directly with stomach ulcers as they often overlap with other medical conditions such as GERD symptoms (see below). Continue reading
More and more people are suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus every year, but the sad thing is that many people may not even know it. The symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus are minimal for some people so they may not realize they have a problem, or they may think they just have a simple problem with heartburn.
People who have chronic heartburn or GERD symptoms should talk about this with their doctor so they can be treated and screened for Barrett’s Esophagus occasionally. It is important to know if you have Barrett’s Esophagus because this condition can lead to other, more serious conditions like esophageal cancer. Knowing you need to be screened for this is an important way to prevent this type of cancer.
Besides understanding the symptoms it is good to know what you can do to help prevent these conditions. Continue reading
I was rather startled when I learned my father had developed something often seen as a precursor to a serious cancer.
This was partially as I hadn’t heard of Barrett’s Esophagus, but also because my ol’ pops is actually a strong and healthy man. So I am both trying to understand the relationship between GERD symptoms and Barrett’s Esophagus. Continue reading
I found this excellent video on YouTube. I hope this helps those of you who would prefer to view a video than pour through long, dry bodies of text.
For a text summary of what is discussed, try my latest articles such as GERD Symptoms or Diet Acid Reflux. Continue reading
If you’ve been suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) for a number of years, you might be concerned that you will develop Barrett’s Esophagus, as this is often a natural progression from chronic or long-term GERD. The most important thing to do if you feel you are experiencing some of these symptoms is to get a positive diagnosis from your doctor. The reason for this is that there is an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer if you have Barrett’s esophagus so you need to keep an eye on it. Regular screenings can help prevent esophageal cancer, which is important because esophageal cancer is difficult to treat once it develops. Continue reading