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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


Symptoms

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food.
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Unintentional weight loss

People at risk

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Obesity
  • A poor diet
  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori
  • Long-term stomach inflammation (gastritis)
  • Smoking
  • 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.

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