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How to prevent stomach cancer?

By avoiding many of the risk factors associated with the disease, it is possible to prevent many stomach cancers. Excessive

amounts of salted, smoked, and pickled foods should be avoided. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables may be helpful. If it can be shown that Helicobacter pylori does play a role in its development it might be possible to test for it and treat those who are infected. At present this is not recommended on the grounds that the widespread use of antibiotics is undesirable and that we are not certain of the role played by the germ in causing cancer. Nevertheless research into the production of a vaccine against Helicobacter pylori is underway and holds hope for the future. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and choosing six servings of food from other plant sources, such as grains, pasta, beans, cereals, and whole grain bread.

Abstaining from tobacco and excessive amounts of alcohol will reduce the risk for many cancers. In countries where stomach cancer is common, such as Japan (where it is five to ten times more common than in the United States), early detection may be the best way to improve the odds of beating this disease.

More information on stomach cancer

What is stomach cancer? - Stomach cancer (gastric cancer) is a disease in which normal cells in the stomach tissues become cancerous and grow out of control.
What causes stomach cancer? - Stomach cancer arises from changes in the internal lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer is more common in smokers and in those with heavy alcohol intake.
What're the risk factors for stomach cancer? - Risk factors for stomach cancer include eating foods high in starch and low in fiber, smoking, drinking alcohol, and vitamin A deficiency.
What're the symptoms of stomach cancer? - Symptoms of stomach cancer include weight loss, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea and vomiting.
How is stomach cancer diagnosed? - A complete medical history will be taken to check for any risk factors. A thorough physical examination will be conducted to assess all the symptoms.
What're the stages of stomach cancer? - Staging of stomach cancer is based on how deep the growth has penetrated the stomach lining. Staging may not be complete until after surgery.
What's the treatment for stomach cancer? - Standard treatment available for stomach cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
How to prevent stomach cancer? - By avoiding many of the risk factors associated with the disease, it is possible to prevent many stomach cancers.
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