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Gastric Cancer Risk and Preventive Factors - An Update

Gastric Cancer Risk and Preventive Factors - An Update

By Michael Perez, MD

Below are the compiled risk and preventive factors for gastric cancer with updates from the most recent journals and trials:

Risk factors:
1.       Family History of gastric and esophageal cancer7
2.       History of having of H. pylori infection4, 7, gastric ulcers7, gastric polyps7
3.       Heartburn7
4.       Alcohol5, 7
5.       Smoking5
6.       High salt diet4,5
7.       Irregular eating habits – A recent study showed that omission of breakfast and the failure to refrigerate food resulted in an increased risk of gastric cancer in the Mexican population.2, 7
8.       Eating too fast7
9.       Smoked food7
10.   Meat – A recent study in Iran showed that red meat4 increases the risk of getting gastric cancer while white meat decreases the risk 1, 7
11.   Fried food6
12.   Spicy food7
13.   Very hot food and drink5, 7
14.   Mouldy and leftover food 3
15.   Pickled food 8

Preventive factors:

1.       Eradication of H. Pylori infection4
2.       Vegetables and fresh fruits particularly tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, citrus fruit and pomegranate4
3.       Soy Products (low salt) – especially for women and smokers6
4.       Vitamin C and selenium9
5.       Korean red ginseng10

IMPORTANT NOTE: These are from recent scientific journals. This article should in no way be construed as giving medical advice. Always discuss with your doctor before making lifestyle changes.


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