Tuesday, September 30
Treating acidic heartburn with OTC medicine might promote underlying causes
Says Craig Shriver, general surgery chief at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, "If you just make the reflux go away, it's like making the rectal bleeding go away if you have colon cancer." Shriver predicts the Prilosec change will lead to an increase in esophageal cancer cases over the next five years. "Block the symptoms [of GERD] and you could [eventually] have a tumor blocking the esophagus."