The rate of stomach cancer has declined over the past 60 years due in large part to dietary factors. The change from salting and pickling foods to refrigerating foods for preservation is thought to have played a large role in this decrease.
- Avoid diets high in salted, pickled, and smoked foods.
- Eat at least five servings of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods a day.
- Limit red meat intake.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Don’t use tobacco.
- Research is underway to determine if treating Helicobacter pylori infections lessens the risk of stomach cancer.
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