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Can you develop stomach cancer from smoking?

Can you develop stomach cancer from smoking?

It increases risk: Smoking will not give you stomach cancer directly, but it increases your risk of getting stomach cancer. If you stop smoking, you will lower your risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How common is stomach cancer in the U.S., and does it mostly affect certain types of people, such as meat-eaters?

How common is stomach cancer in the U.S., and does it mostly affect certain types of people, such as meat-eaters?

Not very common: Stomach or gastric cancers have decreased in the US since the 1940's. There are some stomach cancers however associated with H. pylori stomach infections. Smoked foods, excess alcohol intake, and cigarette smoking may be associated with stomach cancer. It is more common in other countries than the US. ...Read more

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How do you get stomach cancer?

How do you get stomach cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Where is my stomach cancer located?

Where is my stomach cancer located?

Need more info.: The best physician to ask is the physician who performed the endoscopy test (inserted the flexible camera into your stomach). Ct scan is often very inaccurate in locating stomach cancer. Knowing the location is essential in determining what kind (if any) operation the patient might be eligible for. I encourage you to call your gastroenterologist to discuss further. ...Read more

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Can 15 year olds have stomach cancer ?

Can 15 year olds have stomach cancer ?

Anything is: Possible, but unlikely in this case. The only way to know for sure is endoscopy and biopsy. Consult your doctor regarding specific cancer risk and advice regarding this procedure. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for stomach cancer?

What do you recommend for stomach cancer?

Surgery if possible: As with any cancer, if it's possible, take it out. If its, not surgically, removable, then start with an oncologist to get a comprehensive multidisciplinary plan to decide how to approach it. ...Read more

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Help! could stage3 stomach cancer can be cured?

Help! could stage3 stomach cancer can be cured?

Maybe: I'm sure you have been told it will take a full court press to lick this. Both surgery and chemotherapy. If this is you, you are young and should try and pursue all options. There are several excellent cancer hospital close to you, and a referral could be helpful if one hasn't been initiated. ...Read more

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How can you tell if stomach cancer is spreading?

How can you tell if stomach cancer is spreading?

CT scan: When stomach cancer spreads, the most common sites are to the liver or to the lining of the abdomen. In order to monitor for spread, your doctor will most likely order a ct scan every 6mo-1yr in order keep an eye on these areas. Suspicious areas may need a biopsy. ...Read more

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My statistical odds of stomach cancer at age 22? Wi

My statistical odds of stomach cancer at age 22? Wi

Virtually nil: Unless there is a strong family history of early stomach cancer the likelihood of the disease in a 22 year old is almost zero. ...Read more

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Help please? What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Help please? What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Feeling full quickly: Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include: •fatigue •feeling bloated after eating •feeling full after eating small amounts of food •heartburn that is severe and persistent •indigestion that is severe and unrelenting •nausea that is persistent and unexplained •stomach painvomiting that is persistent •weight loss that is unintentional. ...Read more

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Is it possible for 18 year olds to have stomach cancer ?

Is it possible for 18 year olds to have stomach cancer ?

Yes, but very rare: It is rare to have gastric cancer at such a young age. However, a familial type of gastric cancer does exist (hereditary diffuse gastric cancer). Worldwide, the incidence of stomach cancer among population aged between 25-35 is increasing suggesting perhaps there is a new enviromental exposure. ...Read more

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How can I improve my chances of surviving stomach cancer?

How can I improve my chances of surviving stomach cancer?

A complete careplan: Getting mutlidisciplinary care, that is, getting a complete team of cancer specialists including surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and nutritionists to design and and help complete a comprehensive care plan. Post-treatment care with weight control, diet changes (more fats and veggies), eliminating smoking and alcohol, an exercise plan, and regular follow-up with the cancer team. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Stomach cancer?

Maligngncy of: Patterns have been changing over the years. Now mostly an ulcerating growth near the cardia. Lesion induced by helcobacter pylori with resulting ulcer replaced not by adjacent mucosa but by bone marrow stem cells. These cells are converted to malignancy by the helicobacter toxins. Lesion progresses to perforate and spread unless surgically resected. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Could you tell me what are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Vague and subtle: Early fullness with meals (satiety), heartburn, sometimes difficulty swallowing if tumor is at top of stomach, black or dark stools, vague sense of enlargement or fullness just below breastbone, fatigue, decreased energy, muscle wasting or weakness, loss of taste for meat, craving ice, lack of interest in food, nausea, "indigestion." These are all vague, caused by many things, which means dx late ...Read more

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Do you think it could be obvious if you had stomach cancer?

Do you think it could be obvious if you had stomach cancer?

Not necessarily.: Stomach cancers can grow for months or years before causing symptoms. Some symptoms are early satiety (feeling full after eating only a small amount), stomach pain, abdominal pain, weight loss. ...Read more

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I think i might have stomach cancer! how would i get tested?

Unlikely: At your age (except in members of high risk families with certain 'cancer genes') but if you are truly concerned, visit your family doc and see if you can be refered to a gastroenterologist for a scope (egd). ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival following a stomach cancer diagnosis?

What are the chances of survival following a stomach cancer diagnosis?

Dependson stage.: The treatment and survival depends on how deep the cancer has penetrated the wall of the stomach, and if there is any spread beyond the stomach. For very early stomach cancer, after surgery, there is about a 70% chance of surviving 5 years. This drops to 30-40% if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, and about 5% if there is spread to other organs. Not all patients are candidates for surgery. ...Read more

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For what possible reasons have i convinced myself I have stomach cancer?

For what possible reasons have i convinced myself I have stomach cancer?

I have no clue...: Stomach cancer is not very common in the us (maybe a bit more in hispanics and families with certain inherited cancer syndromes) but if you have a valid concern, see your doc. He/she can send you to a GI specialist for a scope. Not healthy to "convince" yourself you got something without being tested. You can't live in fear, bro (or sis). ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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