Stomach Cancer | Causes & Risk Factors

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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)

Source

Gastric Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment Options by JC Layke, PP Lopez (American Family Physician March 01, 2004, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040301/1133.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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