Cancer is caused by cells in a specific part of the body reproducing uncontrollably, according to the NHS.
These cancerous cells can destroy the healthy tissue surrounding them – including organs.
More than a third of all people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Early treatment is crucial if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and you could be at risk of the disease if you often feel bloated after a big meal.
Regular indigestion could be a warning sign of a number of different cancers, warned The University of Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Persistent indigestion could indicate oesophageal, throat, or even stomach cancer, it said.
You should never ignore a painful sensation in your stomach after eating, and should speak to a doctor, it added.
“Nagging back pain. Indigestion. Frequent urination. You may assume these are minor health issues that don’t need a doctor visit. But think again,” said the centre.
“Cancer symptoms are often vague. In fact, prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men – has some of the least obvious symptoms.
“Knowing what symptoms to look for can help your doctor find cancer early when it’s most treatable.
“A prolonged painful burning sensation in your throat or chest shouldn’t be ignored – even if you suspect it’s from eating spicy food.
“Don’t think that regular indigestion or trouble swallowing is a normal part of ageing either. It can be a sign of oesophageal, stomach or throat cancer.”
Most people have indigestion at some point in their lifetime, and it’s not usually anything serious, said the NHS.
You may have indigestion if you have a painful burning in the chest, if you feel bloated, or if you feel sick.
Speak to a doctor if you have indigestion and keep vomiting, or if you’re older than 55 years old.
Meanwhile, any changes to the body’s normal processes or unexplained symptoms could be signs of cancer.
Sudden lumps that appear on the body, unexplained bleeding, or change to your bowel habit should all be seen by a GP.
While in many cases the symptoms won’t be caused by cancer, but another, non-cancerous medical condition.
You could lower your risk of cancer by eating a healthy, balanced diet, not smoking, and doing regular exercise.
Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Published at Sun, 28 Oct 2018 12:22:00 +0000