UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Gastric cancer begins anywhere inside or on the stomach wall, and the symptoms are often vague with difficulty to identify early.
Macmillan UK revealed factors that could increase the risk of fatal disease:
– Gender: Stomach cancer is more common in men.
Age: 95% of individuals who develop stomach cancer, over 50 years of age.
Common Helicobacter pylori infection in the stomach: can increase the risk of stomach cancer, if present for a long time.
Diet: It is not enough to eat fruits and vegetables, and a diet rich in processed meats or smoked foods can increase the risk.
– Smoking: The longer the age of the individual who practices the habit of smoking cigarettes, the increased risk of stomach cancer.
– Weight gain: can increase the risk of certain cancers in the stomach.
Stomach conditions: The long-term risk of acid reflux, or conditions that cause changes in the lining of the stomach, may increase the risk.
Family history of injuries: If a family member has stomach cancer, the risk of developing the disease may increase.
Genes: Very few individuals may have an inherited cancer gene, which may increase risk.
Medical evidence confirms a healthy diet, where one study found that the risk of stomach cancer is 68% higher in individuals who eat large amounts of salt, compared with others.
A small pilot study published in cancer prevention research suggests that eating one and a half ounces of cauliflower sprouts daily for two months may provide some protection from H. pylori – a common stomach infection, which causes inflammation, ulcers and cancer.
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