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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.


What Factors Increase the Risk of Getting Stomach Cancer?

Did you know that there are a few factors out there that can actually increase your risks of getting stomach cancer? It is true! There are a variety of different risk factors out there that you should really be aware of. Most people know that heredity and genetics can play a role, but what about the other things? Many factors you can’t change, but there are some that you can.


If you smoke cigarettes or use other types of tobacco products, it can actually increase your chances by over 50% when it comes to getting stomach cancer. While men are usually at a higher risk than women, that doesn’t mean that women can still smoke and be safe. It is a good idea to stop smoking, or at least try to cut back to minimize this risk.


If you drink too much alcohol, it can also increase your chances of getting stomach cancer. Drinking moderately doesn’t really show to have much of an impact, but for heavy drinkers it can really be detrimental to their health. It is a good idea to cut back on alcohol consumption, or just stop it altogether.

Exposure to Asbestos

There are certain types of careers or environmental factors that can also play a role in getting stomach cancer. Say, for instance, your job has you exposed to asbestos and other types of harmful chemicals. This can greatly increase your risks as well. If you have to be around it, make sure that you wear protective gear to protect your overall health and wellness.

These are just a few of the factors that you can actually do something about. While there are some things that you can’t change, you should accept that there are some that you can and work toward being healthier and living free of stomach cancer.

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