What are the causes of Gastric Cancer?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 19, 2013
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Age, diet, and stomach disease can affect the risk of developing gastric cancer.

Risk factors for gastric cancer include the following:

  • Having any of the following medical conditions:
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection of the stomach.
  • Chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach).
  • Pernicious anemia.
  • Intestinal metaplasia (a condition in which the normal stomach lining is replaced with the cells that line the intestines).
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or gastric polyps.
  • Eating a diet high in salted, smoked foods and low in fruits and vegetables.
  • Eating foods that have not been prepared or stored properly.
  • Being older or male.
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Having a mother, father, sister, or brother who has had stomach cancer.


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