How does stomach cancer start?
Stomach cancer begins when a cell in the stomach develops changes in its DNA. These changes result in an abnormal growth and accumulation of cells.
The accumulating cells form a tumor that can invade and destroy healthy tissue. With time, cells can break off and spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body
- Difficulty swallowing
- Feeling bloated after eating
- Feeling full after eating small amounts of food.
- Unintentional weight loss
People at risk
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- A poor diet
- Family history of stomach cancer
- Infection with Helicobacter pylori
- Long-term stomach inflammation (gastritis)
- Stomach polyps
How to prevent stomach cancer?
There is no way to prevent stomach cancer, however, eating a clean diet filled with foods that won’t upset your stomach. Similarly, don’t smoke. Smoking increases the risk of many types of cancers as well as stomach cancer