Esophageaus/Stomach cancer really that rare in young people?

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   Posted 6/16/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My fiancee has severe heartburn and indigestion everyday...almost all day everyday. He's 23 years old, and I'm scared to death that he might have cancer...he's been having the severe heartburn and indigestion everyday for as long as I've known him which is almost 3 years...and there's no telling how long before that. He's never had an endoscopy done...but he was treated for an ulcer at 17...and H. Pylori last year. Other than that he just takes acid reducers.He's also became pretty bloated over the past year. It scares me that he's went this long without ever getting medication for it or anything like that. Is there a chance he might have something serious? He's supposed to get an endoscopy done this Friday.

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   Posted 6/16/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
hi my name is tricia ive suffered with this for 15 years i am 37 now your fiancee should have the camera down the throat done ive got to have it done again my reflux has got really worse its left me with a bad cough and my throat feels swollen everyday it gets worse not better tell him tablets do nothing i was on lansoprazole they do jack crap it can lead to reflux or gurd or u will have problems with your gullet please go having a endoscopy dosnt hurt might feel a bit strange as the tube goes down your throat just keep calm and breath normal or u can b put to sleep i dont its better a wake dont take long good luck

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   Posted 6/16/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there. As long as your boyfriend has gone this long without a scope I would not panic and wait to see what the endoscopy results are.

Stomach cancer is uncommon in the United States, and the number of people diagnosed with the disease each year is declining. Stomach cancer is much more common in other areas of the world, particularly Japan.

Besides an endoscopy with biopsy, imaging tests used to look for stomach cancer include computerized tomography (CT) and a special type of X-ray sometimes called a barium swallow.

I would take this one step at a time and I hope the scope gives you some information.

Take care,


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   Posted 6/17/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter's best friend has stomach cancer. It was found at 14 and she never has any type of heartburn. Her only symptom was vomiting after eating. It is VERY rare. Her doctors didn't even bother to do any post surgery treatment. They said they got all of it and just did a blood work follow up at 6 months.
Please don't panic and wait for the results of the EGD.

Take care,
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