November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

November is a month known for eating delicious food and a perfect to raise awareness about stomach cancer.

In 2023, over 26,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with stomach cancer. 

Stomach cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world and it is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths.

Risk Factors for Stomach Cancer:

  • Age older than 55
  • Men are twice as likely to develop stomach cancer as women
  • Bacteria called Helicobacter pylori causes stomach inflammation and ulcers and is one of the main causes of stomach cancer. Testing and treatment for Helicobacter pylori is available. Testing for H. pylori is recommended if you have had a first-degree relative, such as a parent, sibling, or child, who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. 
  • People who have a parent, child, or sibling with a history of stomach cancer have a higher risk of the disease. 
  • Stomach cancer is more common in Black, Hispanic, and Asian people than in White people.
  • Diet high in salt has been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer including foods preserved by drying, smoking, salting, or pickling. 
  • Exposure to certain dusts and fumes 
  • Tobacco use and excess alcohol 
  • Obesity

Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer:

  • Heartburn
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloating of the stomach after meals
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Vomiting blood 
  • Unexplained weight loss