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November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Stomach cancer is the 5th most common cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Know your risks.
Age 50 and older
Type A blood
Diet high in smoked, salted and pickled foods
Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection
Race / Ethnicity (more common in Asians, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and African Americans than in non-Hispanic Caucasian Americans)
Family history of stomach cancer
Sometimes it's in our genes.
Genes play a role in cancer risks. HDGC is a cancer syndrome associated with a gene called CDH1. Stomach removal is the best strategy to prevent stomach cancer in people who test positive for the CDH1 gene mutation.
Know your family history.
Family members affected by Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)...
Have up to 80% risk of developing stomach cancer
Have a 42% risk of developing lobular breast cancer
May have an increased risk of developing colon cancer
Ask your health care provider about hereditary stomach cancer risks.
Share what you learn with friends and family.
Discover opportunities to help fight stomach cancer.
Donate to support stomach cancer research and education.
If you want to know more about healthy eating or need help with making healthy choices come by South Central Medical & Resource Center or call 405-756-1414 today.