Stomach Cancer | Causes & Risk Factors


Who is at risk of getting stomach cancer?

Your chances of getting stomach cancer are higher if you have had a stomach infection caused by bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which also causes ulcers in the stomach. You are also more likely to get stomach cancer if you:

  • Are a man
  • Are older than 50 years of age
  • Have a close relative who has had stomach cancer
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Abuse alcohol
  • Are an African American, Hispanic American, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • Have stomach polyps (small growths in the lining of your stomach)


Gastric Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment Options by JC Layke, PP Lopez (American Family Physician March 01, 2004,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/99