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Gastric cancer

  • Alternative Names

    Cancer - stomach; Stomach cancer; Gastric carcinoma; Adenocarcinoma of the stomach


    Mass screening programs have been successful at detecting disease in the early stages in Japan, where the risk of gastric cancer is much higher than in the United States. The value of screening in the United States and other countries with lower rates of gastric cancer is not clear.

    The following may help reduce your risk of gastric cancer:

    • Don't smoke
    • Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
    • Take a medication to treat reflux disease, if you have it


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    Gunderson LL, Donohue JH, Alberts SR. Cancer of the stomach. In: Abeloff MD, et al., eds. Abeloff's Clinical Oncology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 79.

    National Cancer Institute. Gastric cancer treatment PDQ. Updated July 8, 2010.