Who is at risk of developing stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer is a disease whose causes have not been fully identified. However, it is believed to develop when there are changes in the DNA of a cell in the stomach. The factors that may cause an increase in the risk have been identified and may include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Gastritis
  • Family history
  • A diet high in smoked and salty foods
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori
  • A diet low in vegetables and fruits
  • Stomach polyps
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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