Who Is at Risk for Stomach Cancer?

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So one of the most important risk factors for stomach cancer is a bacterial infection with an organism called H. Pylori. Now, more than 50% of the people in the world have H. Pylori infection. The good news is most of them will never get stomach cancer, but if you have symptoms that are suggestive of stomach cancer, if you have nausea, if you have bloating after you eat, if you feel full after eating, if you're losing weight, just not feeling well, it's important to know if you have H.

Pylori, it's important to know if you have a family history and it's important to get checked for stomach cancer. It's a simple test that Gastroenterologists do. We insert a long, thin tube with a camera and a light on the end. We look down into the stomach, we can see the cancer clear as day, we can diagnose it and treat it.

Some of the additional risk factors to stomach cancer include infection with H. Pylori, a family history of stomach cancer, eating a lot of smoked and processed meat and interestingly having the blood type A.