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Can heartburn be a symptom of esophogeal cancer ? I am 42 years old , smoker and had a melanoma removed off my arm 6 years ago

I feel like i have heartburn and if i take something like protonix it will go away after a few days I am 42 I smoke cigartettes and socially have a glass of red wine i take coumadin and had a melanoma removed off of my arm 6 years ago do I have to worry if this is stomache or esophogeal cancer
Asked On : Thu, 10 Feb 2011
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heartburns can be due to irritants like smoking, alcohol etc.
it need not always mean cancer.
i would advise you not to be anxious about your condition.
if you still feel your symptoms are increasing i would advise you to consult your physician and get a thorough check with gastroscopy done to rule out cancer.
i hope i have answered your query.
take care
Answered: Sat, 13 Aug 2011
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