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11 February 2023

Acidity – Heartburn – Cancer: Know the Symptoms

Many people experience a burning sensation above the stomach-in the lower chest after eating spicy food. This condition is known as HeartBurn.

The human stomach contains concentrated HCl (Hydrochloric Acid) that helps in Protein Digestion. But when this acid refluxes and enters into the Esophagus or Food pipe, it causes heartburn.

Sometimes, heartburn and acidity are linked to cancer. But before understanding the relationship between them, we must understand the symptoms of heartburn and acidity.


Dr. Praveen Kammar


Consultant Surgical Oncologist

What are the Symptoms of Acidity?

  • Burning Sensation:
    A patient might feel a burning sensation in the stomach’s upper region or the chest’s lower region. This occurs especially if the patient consumed spicy food the previous day. There may be a feeling of constriction/tightness as well.
  • Burning Sensation in the Stomach:
    Symptoms of acidity might not be limited to heartburn. Sometimes,  you may experience a burning sensation in your whole stomach.

Also you can read this Blog to know more: Should I Be Worried About Stomach Cancer?

  • Sourness in the Mouth:
    Most acids are sour in the taste. So is the case with the acid from our stomach. So some patients who have reflux,feel sourness in their mouths when they wake up.
    This is due to the stomach acid traveling up the food pipe and reaching the throat. If the condition persists for a week or more, it can lead to dry cough in the patients.
  • Struggle in Swallowing Food:
    Too much acidity and reflux  can lead to dryness in the mouth. Some patients complain that they struggle to swallow food due to acidity.
    These are the most common complaints associated with Acidity and Heartburn.

If you have any symptoms from the above-mentioned of all or have any questions or concerns about Acidity and cancer treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Wrapping up

Heartburn is one of the most common health issues faced by most people at some stage. It’s not a major cause of concern if it subsides within a day or two. But if the issue persists and you get no relief from over the counter antacids, you must consult your physician for the right guidance.

You can also reach out to our experts if you want more information on Acidity and Heartburn.



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