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Thousands of Former Zantac User Fear Cancer Diagnosis in Their Future

A Zantac cancer diagnosis of the stomach, bladder, or esophagus is a frightening proposition and affects every segment of life

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - In early 2020, Millions of Americans were left with physical pain and confusion when Zantac and other ranitidine heartburn medicines were removed from the market. Over 15 million people took Zantac regularly and relied on the medicine to alleviate their heartburn symptoms. Zantac only masked these symptoms, however, as the drug did nothing to address the underlying causes of the condition. Those underlying causes of heartburn and acid reflux are being overweight, overeating, eating spicy foods, drinking caffeine, and alcohol having a mentally stressful occupation. Many ex-Zantac users have developed cancer of the stomach, bladder, intestines, and others and have hired a Zantac Cancer Lawyer to represent them in a lawsuit seeking real monetary damages. Hundreds of plaintiffs are being organized into multidistrict litigation around the country as most cases are extremely similar and the science behind Zantac cancer universally applies.

According to Medical News Today, "Heartburn is a common problem created by acid reflux, a condition where some of the stomach contents back up into the esophagus. It creates a burning pain in the lower chest. Persistent acid reflux that happens more than twice a week is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)." Individuals that have taken Zantac regularly for more than one year should see their doctor if they exhibit any of the earliest signs of stomach, bladder, or intestinal cancer. If an individual has stopped taking Zantac and continues to suffer from heartburn or acid reflux they should also see their doctor immediately. Acid backing up into the esophagus from the stomach is a leading cause of cancer of the esophagus. WebMD describes the esophagus as "The esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach. The esophagus is about 8 inches long, and is lined by moist pink tissue called mucosa. The esophagus runs behind the windpipe (trachea) and heart, and in front of the spine." Since the esophagus does not have the mucus membrane like the stomach to insulate it from the acid it is susceptible to burning by stomach acid. The heartburn and acid reflux pain you feel is the lining of the esophagus being burned and if this is allowed to continue could contribute to developing cancer. Early warning signs that you may be developing esophageal cancer are "difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), pain when you swallow (odynophagia), sore throat, hoarse voice, heartburn, acid reflux, chest pain (worse with eating), and nausea," according to

It is difficult to overstate the pain a Zantac cancer patient must endure. In addition to the fear of dying, diagnosing and treating esophageal cancer is downright frightening. The first thing a doctor may do to test for esophageal cancer is to do a Barium Swallow where Barium is ingested coating the esophagus making a tumor show up more easily. An x-ray is then taken. An endoscopy is then performed where a tube is inserted down the throat and an esophageal tumor is biopsied. Surgery may or may not be possible to remove the tumor if it has not already spread to other organs through the blood.

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