It isn’t uncommon for people to ignore occasional heartburn and acid reflux. However, allowing the problem to linger for an extended period of time may come with a number of health consequences, including cancer.
NBC affiliate WPTV-5 reports that stomach acid can damage the esophagus over time, and lingering acid can damage cells. Mutations that arise among cells can develop into cancer over time.
Supplements, such as NuZymes Digestive Enzymes from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, can help ease heartburn and acid reflux symptoms. However, the disease may require medical attention if not addressed in a timely manner.
A damaged esophagus from stomach acid can develop into a condition known as Barrett’s Esophagus. This occurs when the lining has been burned through heartburn and acid reflux. Doctors are now recommending that individuals with the condition see a professional as soon as possible to test for pre-cancerous cells.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that foods, including chocolate, garlic and tomato-based sauces can increase the chances of acid reflux symptoms. Individuals who have the disease should try to avoid these items.