Over-the-counter and prescription acid reflux pills taken by millions ‘raise the risk of stomach cancer by up to eight-fold’ if they are used regularly

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Over-the-counter and prescription acid reflux pills taken by millions ‘raise the risk of stomach cancer by up to eight-fold’ if they are used regularly:

Indigestion pills taken by millions of Britons significantly increase the risk of stomach cancer, a major study has found.

Scientists say people who regularly use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) – common drugs used to treat acid reflux – are twice as likely to develop the cancer.

And if people took the drugs long-term, the risk soared, rising five-fold after a year to more than eight-fold after three years of regularly taking the pills.

The scientists, from University College London and the University of Hong Kong, suspect the pills stimulate a hormone called gastrin, which triggers the growth of cancerous cells.

More than five million bottles and packets of PPIs – which include omeprazole and lansoprazole – are prescribed each year in England to treat gastroesophageal reflux, a severe form of heartburn. Many more Britons buy them over the counter at pharmacies without a prescription, or in corner shops and supermarkets.

H/t reader kevin a.

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