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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Is it possible for a 14 year old to have stomach cancer?

Is it possible for a 14 year old to have stomach cancer?

Very unlikely: It would be very unusual yet it is not impossible. Why do you have such concern? Tell us the whole story. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a 15 year old girl get stomach cancer?

Pretty unlikely: There are several types of stomach cancer, but the most common is adenocarcinoma of the stomach. While this is a common cancer of the digestive tract worldwide, it is uncommon in the United States. It occurs most often in men over age 40. Risk factors include: infection with h. Pylori, smoking, and some genetic syndromes. If in doubt, an endoscopic examination will be diagnostic. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 14 year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Yes, but very rare: Stomach cancer in children younger than 18 years account for less than 1% of all stomach cancer cases.
Fewer than 100 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in children each year in the United States.

http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/healthprofessional/page4. ...Read more

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What are rare causes of poor appetite in. A 22 year old? Colon. Or stomach cancer a realistic sign. Help me understand uncommon causes of poor appetite

What are rare causes of poor appetite in. A 22 year old? Colon. Or stomach cancer a realistic sign. Help me understand uncommon causes of poor appetite

Several: Numerous causes for loss of appetite several diseases, several medications from cold to cancer, some one 22 yr old with no other symptoms, only thing that causes is anxiety and depression, most common in young. You are only 22 don't think of cancers, enjoy your life. ...Read more

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31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

Treat the GERD: If the GERD is treated properly with antacids, there is very little risk of developing Barretts. There is very remote if any chance of developing Gastric Cancer. So youc an relax and take your PPIs as needed to keep the heart burn under full control. You may ahve to take PPIS for a long time. But you can get the Cancer fear out of your mind. You may need Upper endoscopy every 10 years to look fo ...Read more

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I've been experiencing excessive stomach gas and cramps. I'm very concerned about stomach cancer. I'm a fairly healthy, twenty year old male with no background of cancer in my family.?

I've been experiencing excessive stomach gas and cramps. I'm very concerned about stomach cancer. I'm a fairly healthy, twenty year old male with no background of cancer in my family.?

Cancer would be rare: There are many possible causes for gas & cramps--but this is not typically how stomach cancer presents. Would see a primary care clinician first, and as part of the workup you might need an x-ray or visit to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Excessive hiccup/burps that regurgitate food/acid + acid reflux for several weeks. Scared it's stomach cancer. 21 year old male, not the best diet.

Excessive hiccup/burps that regurgitate food/acid + acid reflux for several weeks. Scared it's stomach cancer. 21 year old male, not the best diet.

You desribe: Decreased lower esophageal sphincter tone. Chocolate and alcohol make this worse. Persistent reflux may be associated with development of barrett's esophagus, an unpredictable precursor of esophagus cancer. Don't smoke; eat better. ...Read more

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Can a ultrasound show tumors in the kidney or stomach cancer and what does it mean when a ultrasound show a swollen kidney air around kidney and a possible blockage for a 7 year old girl thanks very much?

Can a ultrasound show tumors in the kidney or stomach cancer and what does it mean when a ultrasound show a swollen kidney air around kidney and a possible blockage for a 7 year old girl thanks very much?

Ultrasound: Can identify kidney tumors, but is generally not useful for stomach tumors. Air around the kidney would be an unusual finding, are you sure they weren't referring to bowel gas? Air in and around the kidney can by seen in emphysematous pyelonephritis, a severe, potentially life-threatening, necrotizing infection. ...Read more

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17 year old boy having burning in stomach along with heavy gas and burping/belching. Could it be due to stomach cancer?

Unlikely: If ordinary remedies for heartburn are ineffective, get seen now. If this is a persistent problem, discuss it with your physician on your next visit. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a 24 year old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

How likely is it that a 24 year old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

Not but: It's not likely but it is possible. Why are you thinking of these? Need more info to be able to help you. Definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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14 year old girl burp a lot and I heard burping is a symptom of stomach cancer. So does she have stomach cancer? Upper abdomen is bloated.

14 year old girl burp a lot and I heard burping is a symptom of stomach cancer. So does she have stomach cancer? Upper abdomen is bloated.

Cancer unlikely: Burping is not related to cancer. The girl may be swallowing air due to a nervous habit. If burping is the only issue, you may leave it alone.
Get her HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My 7 year old has been having moderate to severe belly button pain and vomiting for 6 months the symptoms come and go ultrasound show swollen kidney air around kidney and possible blockage could this be any type of cancer or stomach cancer thanks?

My 7 year old has been having moderate to severe belly button pain and vomiting for 6 months the symptoms come and go ultrasound show swollen kidney air around kidney and possible blockage could this be any type of cancer or stomach cancer thanks?

Unlikely: Stomach cancer - no....very rare in kids and would not present this way. There are other cancers that could be in vicinity of kidney causing symptoms you describe. Time to finish the evaluation with abdominal CT scan and go from there. Remember though, cancer in children very rare. More likely other kidney problem leading to obstruction and his symptoms ...Read more

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Have had burping/reflux excessively for several months, Nexium (esomeprazole) reduced acid, not burping. Burning stomach pain between meals, negative h pylori, 22 year old male. Terrified its stomach cancer?

Unlikely cancer: Your symptoms sound like gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), or heartburn. If Nexium (esomeprazole) works partially, you may try increasing the dose (doubling), and changing your diet a bit, to reduce spicy foods that cause acid conditions, such as alcohol, tomato products, caffeine, chocolate. Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime. If the symptoms still persist, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have been consuming a lot of salt from a very long time. I am 23 years old. Can I have stomach cancer at this age due to high salt consumption? I

I have been consuming a lot of salt from a very long time. I am 23 years old. Can I have stomach cancer at this age due to high salt consumption? I

Not yet...: You are likely too young to have stomach cancer, but high salt intake has been linked to stomach cancer, so you may want to think about cutting down. High salt intake also raises your blood pressure and that has its own major health concerns. ...Read more

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I'm 18 years old. Worried about stomach cancer. Had weight loss unintended, trapped wind and indigestion, green and yellow stool, loud stomach?

I'm 18 years old. Worried about stomach cancer. Had weight loss unintended, trapped wind and indigestion, green and yellow stool, loud stomach?

Very unlikely: These would not be symptoms of stomach cancer, and at age 18 it would be extremely unlikely. If these symptoms continue you should see a physician for work up. Celiac disease is one possibility. ...Read more

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45yrd old. I was diagnosed with h.Pylori years ago. I have stomach discomfort at intervals. I'm worried about stomach cancer?

45yrd old. I was diagnosed with h.Pylori years ago. I have stomach discomfort at intervals. I'm worried about stomach cancer?

Ulcer: H. Pylori and ulcers are common.
Ulcers and stomach cancer can occur together.

Upper GI and endoscopy are the tests.
But good history, exam should precede testing. ...Read more

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I have h.Pylori, I am 20 years old and have been treated for it. Does the treatment lessen the chance of stomach cancer? I am terrified...

I have h.Pylori, I am 20 years old and have been treated for it. Does the treatment lessen the chance of stomach cancer? I am terrified...

Yes: In fact, the risk of it giving you stomach cancer is quite low, and drops to very very low if the bug is gone. In areas where historically most folks have had helicobacter, the rate of stomach cancer is still not high especially among the young. ...Read more

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Terminal cancer runs in my family and my father just recently got diagnosed with stomach cancer. What can I do to prevent it? I am 19 years old.

Talk to doc: At your age, the risk for cancer is low, even if there is a "bad gene" in the family. There are exceptions to this, though, so I would advise you talk to your doc and be referred to a genetics specialist who will interview you and get a full family history to determine what test (if any) needs to be done and tell you what you can do to reduce your cancer risk. Hope you do great. ...Read more

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Mr father died from stomach cancer @65. What can I do to prevent and am I genetically predisposed to contract this disease? I am 50 years old.

Mr father died from stomach cancer @65. What can I do to prevent and am I genetically predisposed to contract this disease? I am 50 years old.

Get checked: One member of the family is not enough to call genetically related, best the you can do have healthy diet, see your doctor regularly, have a gastroscopic emanation, if you have h pylori infection get it treated, . ...Read more

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15 years old. No appetite for 5 days. Dull ache in lower stomach and pooping a little more. Also some acid reflux. Is this stomach cancer, I'm worried?

Probably not!: Need better dietary habits-

Drink a lot of filtered water, add a lot of fiber, fruits, veg

Go dairy free- may have yogurt

If the symptoms persist after 4-6 weeks after correcting the diet, see a doctor ...Read more

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How many people die from stomach cancer each year?

More than 10000: In the United States, more than 10, 000 people die from stomach cancer every year; though the number of new cases are decreasing here it is one of the more common cancers worldwide. Death rates continue to be not changed very much. ...Read more

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Why is Cyramza's 9 month Overall Survival considered positive, if most advanced stomach cancer patients manage to make it past one year?

Why is Cyramza's 9 month Overall Survival considered positive, if most advanced stomach cancer patients manage to make it past one year?

Ask her doctor: There is not enough info here to even give an opinion. Her test results is in the best position to answer your questions, ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant from a live donor who got stomach cancer about a year later, now 3 years since surgery. Will I also contract cancer since I got the kidney from the donor?

I had a kidney transplant from a live donor who got stomach cancer about a year later, now 3 years since surgery. Will I also contract cancer since I got the kidney from the donor?

Not likely: While some malignancies may be related to viral infections, and potentially transmitted by tissue, gastric cancer from a renal transplant is unlikely. As a transplant recipient, however, your immunosuppressive medications and exposure to biologic agents do predispose you to other types of neoplasms. See your doctor regularly. ...Read more

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I have stomach cancer, how many years I will live?

I have stomach cancer, how many years I will live?

Only your M D: Can answer, depends on the stage of disease. Very early stages prognosis is good. Speak to your doctor Good Luck ...Read more

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How many years does it take for stomach cancer to develop? I have read it takes many years. True or false?

How many years does it take for stomach cancer to develop? I have read it takes many years. True or false?

Several years: Most stomach lesions do not start de novo as cancer but rather an inflammatory process, first in the form of a superficial ulcer and then slowly over time converting to cancer. If one finds a somach ulcer especially along the greater curvature, a random biopsy may show inflammation but a complete excision may reveal malignant transformation. For the whole lesion to be malignant may take years ...Read more

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Do only old people get stomach cancer?

Do only old people get stomach cancer?

No: Unusual in children, but there are several varieties so symptoms should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Stomach Cancer (Definition)

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