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Gastric Cancer

Risk Factors for Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer risk factors include:

  • A poor diet devoid of fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Age
  • Prolonged use of alcohol and tobacco products
  • Family history of stomach cancer

Existing medical conditions have also been associated with the development of gastric cancer. These include:

  • Gastric polyps
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) - An infection of the stomach
  • Chronic gastritis - Inflammation of the stomach
  • Pernicious anemia - Low red blood cell count
  • Intestinal metaplasia - A condition where the body replaces normal stomach lining with the cells that line the intestines

Stomach Cysts and Gastric Cancer

Stomach cysts occur as sacs or lumps that are either solid or contain fluid. They sometimes detach from the stomach lining and move around, becoming painfully lodged in the tissues surrounding the organs. Many different types of cysts exist, some having a high occurrence of association with the development of gastric cancer. Though, most stomach cysts are benign and are even capable of resolving on their own. 

Locations for Gastric Cancer