are two main types of stomach cancer called the intestinal and diffuse
types. Intestinal stomach cancer is more common amongst older patients
and patients from high-risk groups (eg the Japanese and Koreans).
Diffuse stomach cancer is found more frequently in women and people with
blood group A. This variety of stomach cancer is more difficult to
Q. How common is stomach cancer?
A. Stomach cancer is more common than most people realise. Each
year there are many cases where the diet or the H. pylori leads to the
stomach cancers worldwide.
Q. How is stomach cancer diagnosed?
a procedure called endoscopy is used to see the inside of the stomach.
Under sedation, a thin fibre-optic tube is passed down the throat. The
inside of the stomach is lit up and photographed. Any growths can be
spotted relatively easily by this method. Sometimes, more sophisticated
endoscopes are used which can take a small sample of the stomach lining
or even take an ultrasound scan from the inside of the stomach. In some
cases, a barium meal is used instead of endoscopy. The patient is given a
white liquid to drink, containing the element barium. Then the stomach
is observed through an X-ray screen. The way that the barium flows
through the stomach will reveal any growths.
Q. What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?
A. Early stomach cancer often has no symptoms or merely causes a
stomach ache. As it becomes more advanced, it can cause loss of
appetite, nausea, vomiting, severe stomach pain and weight loss. Since
many of these symptoms are also caused by food poisoning, stomach ulcers
and several other conditions, all too often stomach cancers are not
diagnosed until they are quite advanced.
Q. Does stomach cancer run in families?
A. A few cases of stomach cancer (about one in ten) appear to run
in the family. We do not yet understand which genes are involved, so
genetic testing is not yet possible.
Q. Who is at risk of stomach cancer?
A. Diet - eating a diet high in preserved foods has been linked
with higher rates of stomach cancer (see above). Gender - stomach cancer
is almost twice as common in men as in women. Other diseases - people
with pernicious anaemia or achlorhydria are more likely to get stomach
cancer. Infections- stomach infections by a bacterium called
Helicobacter pylori, which is a major cause of stomach ulcers, is also
associated with a much higher risk of stomach cancer. Smoking - this is
also known to increase the risk of getting stomach cancer.
Q. What causes stomach cancer?
A. The function of the stomach and the wide differences in
stomach cancer rates between different countries make it almost certain
that the food we eat is - or was - a major factor in the cause. The
likely reason that the number of cases has dropped over the last fifty
years is that refrigeration of food became common and people ate less
pickled, salted, smoked and cured foods.
Q. Who is most likely to get stomach cancer?
A. Like many cancers, this type is most common in older people.
Few cases occur below 50 years of age and the highest rates are in men
and women over 70. Men are twice as likely to get stomach cancer as
women. The risk of stomach cancer also depends a lot on where you live
(see above). Korea and Japan have the highest rates, ten times the rate
in the USA.
Q. How effective are the treatments?
A. Cancer Healer is really effective in Stomach Cancer and brings
marked improvement even at the last stages. It treats stomach cancer
promptly without any sideeffects and can also go in conjunction with
chemo therapy as well as radio therapy and even after operations.