Stomach cancer takes about 1/4 as frequent as it was before 70 years. However, unluckily, 24.000 patients were diagnosed stomach cancer per year in the United States. If it is noticed at its first stages, the survival rate is about 90 % for years. Nevertheless, symptoms can be rarely noticed, until the cancer spreads through the stomach as well as the other organs. Also, when the cancer is at its advanced stages, it is not treatable, so the survival rate is about 3 % for 5 years.

What should we do in order to prevent the silent killer – the stomach cancer?

Firstly, one of the most important things is to find out more about the risk factors as well as the warning symptoms of the stomach cancer. However, the cancer symptoms are usually milder at the beginning, so the stomach cancer is very hard to be noticed.

According to the American Cancer Society, these symptoms are related to stomach cancer:
• Heartburn or indigestion
• Pain and discomfort in the stomach
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Appetite loss
• Vomiting and nausea
• Bloated stomach
• Fatigue and exhaustion
• Bleeding (blood in the stool or vomiting blood).

The most frequent factors that increase the risk for the development of stomach cancer are given below:
• Family history
• Age (over 55)
• Great consumption of alcohol or cigarettes
• Gender (men are 2/3 more likely to experience stomach cancer than women)
• Dried, smoked, pickled or salted food
• Stomach surgery
• Bacteria, like Helicobacter pylori, that can lead to ulcers.

NOTE: Take care of yourself and if you notice some of the mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor. Your doctor may give you an advice to visit a gastroenterologist, who is a specialized physician for digestive problems, for additional evaluation. In this way, you will find out if you have stomach cancer.