Stomach Cancer

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stomach cancer often does not have symptoms in the early stages, or they can be vague and non-specific such as nausea or weight loss. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about stomach cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cancer of the stomach, also known as gastric cancer, often goes unnoticed until the cancer has reached a late stage.

For many individuals, stomach cancer has already metastasized, or spread to other body organs, before it is discovered. For these reasons, stomach cancer has a lower survival rate than many other types of cancers.

However, during the last decade, the incidence of stomach cancer has decreased for most population groups, and a person's chance of dying from stomach cancer has also declined.

Most persons who develop stomach cancer are older than 65 years. Men are about twice as likely as women to have stomach cancer during their lifetime.

High-salt diets contribute to a much higher risk of stomach cancer. Cigarette smoking also increases the risk.

The bacterium responsible for many stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, has been shown to increase a persons chance of having stomach cancer. These bacteria can be treated with antibiotics.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.