How common are ulcers?

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Generally, ulcers are relatively common conditions. One in ten Americans will develop a peptic ulcer, which is what people usually think of when they think of ulcers, at some time in their lives. Canker sores, another type of ulcer, are considered such everyday occurrences that they are regarded as more of a painful annoyance.

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Ulcers

Ulcers are caused by too much acid in the stomach, and the reasons for excess acid is usually a bacterial infection or prolonged use of NSAID painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Smoking can also be a culprit. Ulcers ...

cause pain, most often when the stomach is empty or at night. The pain can in the chest, as low as the navel, or as high as the breastbone. Modern treatment is with medicine to kill bacterial infection and to block, suppress, or neutralize excess acid.
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