Screening for Gastric Cancer
Overview of Screening
What is screening?
If your doctor suggests certain cancer screening tests as part of your health care plan, this does not mean he or she thinks you have cancer. Screening tests are done when you have no symptoms. Since decisions about screening can be difficult, you may want to discuss them with your doctor and ask questions about the potential benefits and risks of screening tests and whether they have been proven to decrease the risk of dying from cancer.
If your doctor suspects that you may have cancer, he or she will order certain tests to see whether you do. These are called
Purposes of this summary
The purposes of this summary on
Give information on gastric cancer and what makes it more likely to occur (
Give current facts about which people or groups of people would most likely be helped by screening.
You can talk to your doctor or health care professional about cancer screening and whether it would be likely to help you.
Gastric Cancer Screening
Risk of gastric cancer
Gastric cancer is the fourteenth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Although the
Anything that increases a person?s chance of developing a disease is called a
Pre-existing Conditions: If you already have one of the following conditions, you may have a higher-than-average risk of developing stomach cancer:
Older Age: Two out of every three people diagnosed with gastric cancer are older than 66 years of age.
Family History: If you have a mother, father, brother, or sister who has had stomach cancer, you may have a higher-than-average risk of developing gastric cancer.
Diet and Lifestyle: If you smoke cigarettes and eat many salted, smoked, or poorly preserved foods but few fruits and vegetables, you may have a higher-than-average risk of developing gastric cancer.
Changes to This Summary (07/20/2006)
Changes were made to this summary to match those made to the health professional version.
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