Everything You Need to Know About Stomach Cancer

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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Everything You Need to Know About Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a fairly uncommon form of cancer in the United States, accounting for 1.5% of all cancers diagnosed each year. This disease primarily affects people above the age of 65 years old and is more common in men than in women. Over the past decade, the rate of new stomach cancer cases in the United States has dropped by just over a percent per year.

Experts suggest this may be due to improvements in food storage and diet choices, along with a decline in the occurrence of certain gastrointestinal bacteria that are commonly associated with stomach cancer. Learning about stomach cancer and its risk factors, symptoms, treatment options and more can help you become more proactive about managing your health or better prepare for care if you or a loved one receive a diagnosis.