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Stomach Cancer

By | April 2009
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Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a type of cancer that develops slowly over many years. Most frequently, stomach cancer starts in the lining of the stomach otherwise knows as the mucosa, and then develops into the other layers of the stomach. There are many ways in which stomach cancer spreads. In some cases it invades near by organs or it can also travel through the bloodstream to for cancer in other organs. There are many statistics and organizations of support for stomach cancer, as well as, symptoms, risk factors, screening and diagnosis’ and, treatments. Like all cancers, stomach cancer is a deathly disease and one of the major leading causes of cancer deaths in countries other than the U.S.

In 2008, only in the US, there will be approximately 21,500 new cases of stomach and about 10,880 will die of stomach cancer. The average age that people are diagnosed with stomach cancer is 71 because it is usually a disease that only older people get. Just about two thirds of the people who get stomach cancer are over the age of 65 or older. Also the risk of someone getting stomach cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 100 but the risk is slightly higher in men than in women. Despite this stomach cancer is a leading cause of death in countries of the world. Until the 1930’s it was a leading cause of death in the U.S but has recently been on the decline. These are the statistics of stomach cancer. There are also many organizations supporting cancer. The wellness community is one of the organizations supporting cancer patients and helps to let them know that they are not alone. Gilda’s Club is also an organization supporting cancer and their goal is to develop strategies and activities to bring their worldwide group together to support the community of cancer patients. These are just a couple of the many great organizations and foundations supporting cancer.

Because stomach cancer develops so slowly symptoms are not clear until the cancer is more...

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