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What Everyone Should Know About Stomach Cancer

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
11/14/12  6:16 PM PST

November is National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.

Although it’s the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, you don’t have to stomach stomach cancer! Lower your risk by changing some lifestyle habits.

The Stats

• Almost two thirds of people with stomach cancer are 65 or older

• The risk of a person developing stomach cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 114

• Men have a slightly higher risk than women

Contributing Factors

• Smoking

• H. Pylori infection (a common cause of stomach ulcers)

• High intake of salted and smoked foods

• Inadequate fresh fruit and vegetable intake

Risk Reduction

• Vitamin C: Enjoy citrus fruits, red bell peppers and broccoli

o Lightly steam veggies to retain Vitamin C. High temperatures and long cooking times destroy more of the vitamin

• Carotenoids: The beta carotene in carrots, the lutein in spinach and the lycopene in cooked tomatoes are chemo-protective

o Think veggie pizza with a spinach salad on the side

• Allium: Garlic, onions, leeks and chives contain this anti-cancer compound

o Sprinkle chopped green onions on just about anything from omelets to soups

• Green tea: At least 5 cups a day of green tea may reduce your risk of stomach cancer by up to 14 percent

o Try one or 2 cups a day to start

Learn more about stomach cancer at The National Cancer Institute

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References:

1. American Cancer Society,  2. National Cancer Institute, 3. Kanh, Hyunseok, et al. Green Tea Consumption and Stomach Cancer Risk: A Meta-Analysis. Epidemiol Health. 2010; 32.

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