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Prevention___Early_Detection_Of_Stomach_Cancer

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									Prevention & Early Detection Of Stomach Cancer

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Summary:
At one time, stomach cancer was the most common type of cancer known in
the United States. As the years progressed, the disease became less
common among patients. While there are no definitive answers as to why,
it’s thought to be related to the decline in salted or smoked food
intake. Even with the decline in cases, this disease still presents a
serious problem throughout the nation and the rest of the world.

While studies are unclear, some experts recommend a balanced d...


Keywords:
stomach cancer, cancer survival, stomach cancer treatments


Article Body:
At one time, stomach cancer was the most common type of cancer known in
the United States. As the years progressed, the disease became less
common among patients. While there are no definitive answers as to why,
it’s thought to be related to the decline in salted or smoked food
intake. Even with the decline in cases, this disease still presents a
serious problem throughout the nation and the rest of the world.

While studies are unclear, some experts recommend a balanced diet to
fighting against cancer development. In addition, researchers believe
that damaged DNA in the stomach cells may lead to cancer. A large
majority of individuals are infected by a bacteria known as H. pylori,
which resides in the stomach. It is unknown how this bacteria is
transmitted, but it is believed to be spread from individuals or through
drinking water. H. pylori causes ulcers and may also be a leading cause
of stomach cancer.

Foods, which include nitrates, are also of concern among cancer
researchers. Foods such as hot dogs, certain deli meats, bacon and ham
contain substances known to cause stomach cancer, as does red meat, and
smoked or salted foods. Certain foods are believed to protect against
stomach cancer, including fruits or vegetables. Items such as tomatoes,
sweet potatoes and carrots are especially helpful in the prevention of
this disease.

Perhaps one of the most troubling facts about the disease is that stomach
cancer is difficult to diagnose. A cancerous tumor may be quite large by
the time that it is diagnosed due to the lack of symptoms associated with
stomach cancer. When present, the most common signs include upper
abdominal pain, especially after eating. Other symptoms include bleeding,
weight loss and general weakness. Patients who experience early fullness
when eating should also be on alert as this may be a symptom of the
stomach’s inability to expand due to the presence of a tumor. If left
untreated, the cancer cells can spread quickly to other parts of the body
and cause even further damage. Part of the problem is that, like many
other illnesses, the symptoms sound very similar to those of other
ailments. The presence of one or more of these does not necessarily
confirm the presence of cancer, but it should cause the individual to be
alert to the possibility.

Studies show that men are twice as likely to develop stomach cancer and
is most common in individuals from age 40 to 80. This disease is rarely
present in individuals 40 years of ago or younger. In addition, the use
of tobacco and alcohol are perhaps the most obvious cancer causing
agents. Studies have shown that both men and woman are more likely to
develop stomach cancer if they smoke. Other factors, including family
history and obesity, can encourage the development of stomach cancer.

This article should not be construed as professional medical advice. If
you, or someone that you know, is concerned about the possibility of
cancer, you should seek medical attention immediately. A medical doctor
can discuss various options, prevention and treatment possibilities
should the presence of cancer be detected. A series of tests may be
conducted in order to confirm, or rule out, any such diagnosis and can
only be done by a medical doctor.

								
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