At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts focus on studying stomach cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes stomach cancer — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.
Screening for Stomach Cancer
Cancer screening exams can help find stomach cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.
Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose stomach cancer early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.
There is no definitive screening test known to detect stomach cancer. However, the best chance for treating the disease is to find it as early as possible.
Certain lifestyle choices may help prevent stomach cancer. These include maintaining a diet that includes healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables and that limits red meat or processed meats, as well as not using tobacco and limiting the intake of alcohol.
Stomach Cancer Risk Factors
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of developing stomach cancer. Risk factors for stomach cancer include:
Having any of the following medical conditions:
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection of the stomach
- Chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)
- Pernicious anemia
- Intestinal metaplasia (a condition in which the normal stomach lining is replaced with the cells that line the intestines)
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or gastric polyps
- Eating a diet high in salted, smoked foods and low in fruits and vegetables
- Eating foods that have not been prepared or stored properly
- Being older or male
- Smoking cigarettes
Having a mother, father, sister or brother who has had stomach cancer
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Not everyone with risk factors will get stomach cancer. But having certain factors appears to increase your risk of developing the disease. If you are at high risk for stomach cancer, talk to your doctor about tests to find out if you have early signs of the disease.
If you have received a stomach cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a stomach cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.