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What are my chances of getting stomach cancer nowadays?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not much in USA: Incidence of gastric ca 10 per 100, 000 in us. In japan 70 per100, 000 population, due to awareness diagnosed early , results are better. However various factors increase the risk, like genetic, presence of gastric polyps, pernicious anemia , gastric atrophy, prior gastric surgery, h.Pylori infections, diet, ingestion of industrial dust at work place, smoking, alcohol will all contribute.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Gastric cancer is: Not that common, and may be related to a bacteria called helicobacter pylorii, which is associated with both stomach cancers and lymphomas. It once was very common, before refrigeration and frozen foods, it is more common in japan where screening endoscopy is done, and may be seeing a slight resurgence. It is less comon than colon, rectal and esophageal cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
About 1:120 life tim: The overall incidence of stomach cancer in the United States has declined in the past 75 years. It is estimated that in 2011, 21, 520 americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer and 10, 340 will die of this disease. Approximately 1 in 114 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of the stomach during their lifetime; most people diagnosed with stomach cancer are over 65 years of age.

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Chances of a 30 year old getting stomach cancer?

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Dr. Stephen Archer
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Low: For typical stomach cancer the risk is low in a 30 year old.
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How do you get stomach cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Many risks: Common causes and risk include high dietary use of salt-preserved and processed foods (as in japan), chronic infection with h. Pylori (stoamch ulcer causing bacteria), obesity, smoking, family history, pernicious anemia, and a hisory of gastric ulcers or gastric surgery.
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Who is most likely to get stomach cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Many risk factors: It is more common in men and those over 50 years old. A prior history of h. Pylori infection and non-white ancestry is also a risk. Diets rich in smoked meats & foods are risky (e.g. As in east asia). A family history of cancer or a prior history of stomach surgery and smoking is also risk inducing. Certain inherited syndromes also increase the risk (lynch syndrome, brca mutations).

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