How can I reduce my risk of esophageal cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Here are some esophageal cancer prevention solutions:

  • Wait 3 Full Hours After Dinner Before Going to Sleep: It takes three full hours for your food to digest. This is not an issue during the day, but can pose a problem at night since lying down can cause and increase reflux, which damages the esophagus. Always wait three full hours after your last meal before going to sleep.
  • Treat Heartburn With Acid-Blocking Medication: If you suffer from heartburn, PPI (proton pump inhibitors) and H2 blocker (acid antihistamine medication) over-the-counter medications can help this condition from developing into something worse and damaging your esophagus. However, these medications can affect how calcium is absorbed, which you need for bone strength. Talk to your doctor about what treatment is best for you.
  • Get a Nasal Esophagoscopy: Anyone over 50 suffering from long-term heartburn, throat-burn, coughing or hoarseness should get a nasal esophagoscopy. This easy screening procedure involves inserting a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end of it down the esophagus and requires no sedation.

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