Gastric Cancer Risk Factors
In some cases of gastric cancer,
the causative factor of the disease is not identified; the cancer just occurs. Sometimes, however, some factors
are known. Common risk factors that are often involved in the development of stomach cancer
consumption of a diet high in starch, salt and smoked meats, low in protein, fruits and
consummation of food contaminated with aflatoxins;
history of surgery to remove gastric or duodenal ulcers;
in a disadvantaged socio-economic
group or environment puts you at high risk of becoming a victim of stomach cancer;
ulcer - although it is
controversial, some scientists believe that gastric ulcers can lead to the development of gastric
- Helicobacter pylori - Infection by helicobacter pylori is recognized as
favoring gastric cancer. In addition, this bacterium is responsible for a certain percentage of gastric
is no scientific evidence showing that tobacco and alcohol play a role in the development of stomach
cancer; however, since tobacco is highly carcinogenic, some researchers believe it may contribute in the
development of the disease.
- Age - stomach cancer is diagnosed mostly in older
history - if you have a
family history of stomach cancer, you are at higher risk.
- Sex - men are more victims of stomach cancer than women
- Geography - cancer of the stomach is more common in Southeast
Asia (Japan) and Central Europe.
- Diseases - Some rare diseases are considered as causative
factors of stomach cancer: pernicious
anemia (also called Biermer's anemia, Addison's anemia or Addison–Biermer anemia), Menetrier's
disease (also called hyperplastic hypersecretory gastropathy) and gastric adenomas (pre-malignant condition
in the stomach).
professions – certain
professions increase your risk become a victim of stomach cancer:
manufacturing products containing
rubber and timber processing
exposure to asbestos