Jobe et al, Pittsburg university have a study out that suggests bile acids may have much to do with esophageal cancer rates, and PPIs may increase risk for developing cancer...the study is complex and please dont just read the headline and then throw away your medication
this article is grist for talk with our doctors and nurses , OK?
but certainly the study merits questioning the value of some (not all) of the drug solutions
i wonder if H2 acid blockers are implicated...they are not mentioned in the article
heres a quote
"Heartburn meds tied to cancer
Popular drugs may mask risk for disease
Monday, August 01, 2011
By David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"..... long-term use of these drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors, can have unexpected consequences, a new study shows.
Blair A. Jobe and his research team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine say the severity of symptoms for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, has an inverse relationship with the presence of Barrett's esophagus, a precursor to a lethal form of esophageal cancer known as adenocarcinoma.
The concern is that good symptom control does not reduce cancer risk but actually increases it.
The study, published online by the journal Archives of Surgery, also raises questions whether proton pump inhibitors might cause the cancer, whose incidence per million has risen sixfold from 1975 to 2001, a time when PPIs came on the market with increasing use. It's the fastest growing cancer in the nation, outpacing melanoma, breast and prostate cancers."
if the link above doesnt work, thry the one below or search
jobe esophageal cancer PPI pittsburg
and it should be the top hit