It is estimated that 1 million new cases are diagnosed in the world each year, and more than 723,000 deaths occur annually.
It is estimated that 1 million new cases are diagnosed in the world each year, and more than 723,000 deaths occur annually. Last year alone, it was estimated that more than 10,000 Americans would die from stomach cancer. 1 in 111 men and women are at a lifetime risk of this deadly disease!
In recent years, some types of stomach cancer have declined, while other types — more difficult to detect early and more deadly – are on the rise.
What are the key risks for stomach cancer?
Risks for Personal Awareness:
Key Prevention and Risk Reducing Facts
Stomach Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Early stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms, making early detection very difficult. Stomach cancer may or may not present with vague gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can also be associated with other gastrointestinal illnesses, however, and should be discussed with a doctor who can perform tests to determine the cause of the symptoms.
Signs & symptoms of stomach cancer can include:
Signs and symptoms should not be ignored. Most of these symptoms may be caused by things other than stomach cancer. They may also occur with other types of cancer. People who have any of these symptoms, especially if they don’t go away or get worse, should see their doctor to determine the cause and be treated.
Go with your gut!
If you feel that something isn’t right and you are not getting the answers you need...don’t give up. Be persistent. Continue to seek answers and don’t stop until you get them!
Steps YOU can take to raise awareness and increase knowledge about stomach cancer
1. Know the factors that put you at risk for stomach cancer.
2. Know the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer.
3. Know your family history.
4. Be proactive. Talk with your doctor about your risks for cancer.
5. Visit this site often for up-to-date information.
6. Tell your family and friends what you are learning, and how to visit www.NoStomachForCancer.org
7. Promote/sponsor an awareness event in your school, community, or at your place of work.
8. Browse the ‘Support Us’ menu on this website to discovery the many ways to get involved!
Did you know?
1. American Cancer Society
2. National Cancer Institute: SEER Stat Fact Sheets
3. National Cancer Institute: A Snapshot of Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
4. National Cancer Institute: Fiscal Year 2008 Fact Book
5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Progress Review Groups: Report of the Stomach/Esophageal Cancers Progress Review Group
6. Fitzgerald RC, Hardwick R, Huntsman D, Carneiro F, Guilford P, et al. Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer: updated consensus guidelines for clinical management and directions for future research. J Med Genet. 2010;47:436-44.
Additional sources of interest:
1. National Cancer Institute: Funding For Various Research Areas