The five-year survival rate of people diagnosed with stomach (gastric) cancer is about 28%.Patients who have metastatic stomach cancer have an overall survival of 3 to 6 months, depending on the patient’s age. A type of stomach cancer known as noncardia gastric cancer is on the rise in the United States, for whites aged 29 to 39. So it’s important to try to prevent it, and to be on the lookout for signs of the disease.
Stomach cancer has many signs and include:
- Stomach pain
- Feeling full even after a small meal
- Feeling bloated after a meal
- Unexplained nauseathat is persistent
- Sever indigestion or heartburn that persists
- Unintentional weigh loss
If you have these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Your doctor can perform an endoscopy to check if you have stomach cancer. A thin tube with a camera on its tip is slid into your throat all the way to your stomach. You will likely be sedated, and the procedure is very quick and well tolerated. If necessary, a biopsy will be performed.
A CT scan may also be performed.
The H.pyloribacterium increases your risk of stomach cancer, so if you have any of the above symptoms it’s important get tested for it. Some people may have no symptoms of this pathogen, so periodic testing is warranted. Antibiotics can treat the bacterium.
You can also try to prevent stomach cancer by eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Research published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer has shown that garlic and onions have a preventive effect on the disease, and should be enjoyed daily. The best way to prepare garlic is to chop it, and wait 15 minutes before eating it. High intake of garlic produces significantly better protection than lower amounts. You should have at least 1 clove per day.
Reduce your consumption of salty, pickled, and smoked foods. Avoid processed products that have nitrates and nitrites, such as bacon and deli meats.
Peanuts and peanut butter contain aflatoxin, a carcinogen that is linked to stomach cancer.
Pernicious anemia, which is caused by B12 deficiency, increases your risk of stomach cancer. Regular blood testing is essential to prevent it.
If you smoke, quit. Avoid alcohol, as heavy intake increases your risk of stomach cancer.
If you have a family history of the disease, you are at an increased risk of developing it.
The best ways to prevent stomach cancer are to enjoy healthy foods, especially garlic, and strict avoidance of toxic processed products. You should be regularly tested for H.pylori, and so should family members. Be vigilant and if you have any of the above symptoms, go to your doctor right away.