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Stomach Cancer Causes & Risks

Causes

The exact cause of stomach cancer is not known. There are, however, several well-known risk factors that contribute to the development of stomach cancer.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. The risk factors for stomach cancer include:

  • Age: over 50
  • Gender: twice as common in men
  • Geography: Japan, Korea, parts of Eastern Europe, and Latin America experience higher rates
  • Race: higher rates in Hispanics and African-Americans
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Diet: smoked, salted, pickled food and meat, high starch/low fiber foods
  • Tobacco and alcohol abuse
  • Previous stomach surgery
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Menetriers disease
  • Blood type A
  • Familial cancer syndromes: hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer and familial adenomatous polyposis
  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • Stomach polyps

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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