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Who is at risk for stomach cancer?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology

Several factors can increase your risk of developing stomach cancer. In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan discusses some of the most important.


Age, gender, ethnicity, family history, diet, smoking, and stomach disease may affect your risk of gastric cancer. Individuals who have the highest risk are:
- Adults older than 50
- Men
- Asians and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and African Americans
- Individuals infected with H. pylori bacteria, which while a common infection, may lead to chronic atrophic gastritis, a precancerous condition in which stomach cells are damaged by chronic inflammation. Autoimmune disease may also cause chronic atrophic gastritis
- Those with diets heavy in smoked foods and low in fruits and vegetables
- Smokers
- Individuals who have had surgery for peptic ulcers
- People with a family history of stomach cancer, stomach polyps, hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a condition in which many noncancerous polyps form which later become pre-cancerous and cancerous.

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