Dr. Clem's Health Blog Long term heartburn? It may be more than acid.
Stomach heartburn persisting over years puts you at risk for cancer of the esophagus. Ongoing acid reflux from the stomach to esophagus may lead to Barrett's Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition. About one in five adults diagnosed with esophageal cancer survive for five years. Smoking, overweight, and lack of vegetables in the diet increase risk. Acid inhibitors, such as Nexium, mask symptoms but don't treat the problem. The freight train is bearing down on you. Get it checked out. It's no fun having to be fed by a stomach tube the rest of your limited life.