It’s long been known that bulimia takes its toll on the internal organs of the system – rupturing the esophagus, triggering laxative dependence of the bowel, tooth decay caused by acid reflux. Unfortunately, studies are now linking this mental illness to throat cancer. Studies are still tentative, but here’s a tentative summary for you to view online to get an idea on how bulimia throat cancer develops.
How Bulimia Leads to Throat Cancer
Esophageal (throat) cancer has always been linked with severe nutritional deficiency as the primary cause – and this deficiency can also be as a result of chronic smoking and drinking. Therefore it didn’t come as a surprise when the connection between throat cancer was also associated with this destructive eating disorder, bulimia.
According to one study, throat cancer develops as a result of chronic acid reflux – which bulimia triggers – on the tissue lining of the throat. However there are stages it follows.
● First the disorder might lead to Barrett’s Esophagus, a serious health condition where there’s abnormal cell growth, as well as cancerous tumors around and in the throat. These abnormal growths are caused by stomach acid, so as long as a person continues this habit without treatment, they’re likely to have Barrett’s esophagus.
● After Barrett’s, if left untreated (more on this) the sickness could devolve to Bulimia throat cancer. The problem with treating Barrett’s is that its symptoms closely mimic that of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), so unless comprehensive checkups are done, and the physician is aware of Bulimia in the patient, Barrett’s can go undetected.
Now while throat cancer is a relatively rare disease, and considering only about 10% of the people diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus go on to develop throat cancer, studies have shown that 90% of the throat cancer cases always often began as untreated Barrett’s. To avoid the possible bulimia throat cancer complication, the affected individual should seek both mental and physical treatment, because though the recovery can be slow, it will be worth it.