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Is Stomach Cancer Terminal
Well: I don't believe that this would be curative or particularly useful. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A serious disease.: Stomach cancer is an abnormal growth of the lining of the stomach. It can cause pain and bleeding. If caught early, stomach cancer can be treated by surgically removing the cancer, along with some normal stomach. Stomach cancer can grow quite quickly and move to other organs, at which time it is usually incurable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several risk factors: Stomach cancer happens when a mutation in one of the stomach's normal cells leads to cancerous transformation. Although no one knows exactly why this mutation happens, there are several risk factors for stomach cancer including asian ethnicity, smoking, a family history of stomach cancer, and infection with the bacteria h.Pylori. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer cell spread: The stage of stomach cancer depends on how far cancer cells have spread or invaded. This can be stages 0, i, ii, iii, or iv. Stage 0 is very early disease that has not spread. Stage i is minimal or local invasion. Stages ii and iii are more invasive. Stage IV is metastatic or has spread to tissues, lymph nodes, or other organs further from the original tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoked foods?: The risk of gastric cancer has been associated with consumption of smoked and salted foods and lack of refrigeration. The widespread use of refrigeration has been cited as a reason for the decrease in the incidence of gastric cancer in the US since 1930. Several studies have demonstrated an association between Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer. Common in Japan, Iceland, Chile & Costa Rica. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on ethnicity: Stomach cancer is not a common cancer type in the US. The rate is 7.7 per 100, 000 men and women per year. However, it is higher in Asians, especially Japanese. Very spicy foods, macrocytic anemia, intestinal metaplasia, Helicobacter pylori infections are potential risk factors for increased risk of gastric cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Early disease typically has no symptoms. Most symptoms of gastric cancer reflect advanced disease. Patients may complain of non-specific symptoms like indigestion, nausea or vomiting. More concerning symptoms are difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, melena, hematemesis, and weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer