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Gastric Cancer Statistics

Gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide, with a prevalence in Japan, China, Chile and Ireland. It is estimated that stomach cancer causes 800.000 deaths worldwide every year; with a total of 10.620 men and women in the U.S. alone. In 2009, about 12.820 men and 8.310 women were diagnosed with stomach cancer in the United States according to the American Cancer Society.   

However, since twenty to forty years, the incidence of stomach cancer has been declining steadily in Europe and North America, particularly in the United States.  

Gastric cancer incidence varies by age. From 2002-2006, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the stomach was 71 years of age. The percentages and ages of people diagnosed with stomach cancer during that period (2002-2006) include:

  • 0.1% under age 20;  
  • 1.5% between age 20 and 34;  
  • 4.8% between age 35 and 44;  
  • 11.6% between age 45 and 54;  
  • 17.7% between age 55 and 64;  
  • 24.6% between age 65 and 74;  
  • 27.7% between age 75 and 84;  
  • 12.0% 85+ years of age.

 

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