Stomach cancer

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Stomach cancer
Classification and external resources
A suspicious stomach ulcer that was ultimately diagnosed as cancer on biopsy and resected. The surgical specimen was subsequently kept for educational purposes.

Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is a kind of cancer from any part of the stomach. Stomach cancer causes about 800,000 deaths worldwide per year.[1] The odds of survival are 5 to 15%.[2] The life span of someone with stomach cancer is five to fifteen years.[2] This is because this type of cancer can spread faster than other cancers.[2]

Most stomach cancer is caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. Diet foods are not proven causes,[2] but some foods, such as smoked foods, salted fish and meat, and pickled vegetables are associated with a higher risk.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cancer (Fact sheet N°297)". World Health Organization. February 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Tumors of the GI Tract at Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy Professional Edition