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This November, remember that it is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. The nonprofit organization No Stomach For Cancer founded Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in 2010 and noted that the United States Surgeon General had declared Thanksgiving as National Family History Day since 2004. No Stomach For Cancer stated that National Family History Day is an excellent reminder to everybody of the hereditary risks for stomach cancer, which is one of the significant risks.

No Stomach For Cancer has also set some goals for Stomach Cancer Awareness Month that include raising awareness about risk factors, prevention, and early detection of stomach cancer. The organization hopes to raise funds for stomach cancer research and encourage people and groups to observe and support Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.

According to No Stomach For Cancer, the 1st annual No Stomach For Cancer Walk, a global walk to raise awareness about stomach cancer, was held in 2012. Participants included 35 states across the nation as well as ten other countries in the world.

Keep in mind that certain signs of stomach cancer are somewhat subtle, possibly including fatigue or weight loss. Other common symptoms could include:

  • Persistent nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Repeated heartburn
  • Severe indigestion
  • Feeling bloated or full after eating small portions

Some instances of stomach cancer can result in a total gastrectomy, which is complete removal of the stomach. Such procedures may be required for hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC), which involves stomach cancer cells scattered throughout the stomach and almost impossible to detect at an early stage.

No Stomach For Cancer states that stomach cancer is the fifth-most common type of cancer worldwide, but is the second-most common cause of cancer death globally. There are more than 1 million new cases every year globally, with about 28,000 new cases in the United States, and 10,000 Americans, as well as 782,000 people worldwide, will die from stomach cancer in 2019.

About one in every 111 men and women will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetime, according to No Stomach For Cancer. The overall five-year survival rate for people living with stomach cancer is 29.3 percent, but the five-year survival rate is only 4 percent for Stage IV stomach cancer patients.

Some of the biggest risks of stomach cancer are tobacco use and obesity, but diets that are low in fruits and vegetables or high in smoked, salted, or pickled foods can also be problematic. People are also more likely to have stomach cancer when they are older than 50 years of age, are male, and have type A blood.

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November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

In 2010, the nonprofit organization No Stomach For Cancer (NSFC) initiative and work with the United States Senate resulted in Senate Resolution 655, which established November as the first national Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. The resolution stated that stomach cancer was the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide and an estimated 21,000 new cases of stomach cancer were diagnosed in the United States in 2009.

According to the resolution, an estimated 10,000 Americans would die from stomach cancer in 2010, and approximately 1 in 113 individuals will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetimes. The estimated 5-year survival rate for stomach cancer was only 26 percent.

NSFC states that the goals of stomach cancer awareness are to:

  • Raise awareness and support efforts to educate people about stomach cancer, including risk factors, prevention, and early detection
  • Recognize the need for additional funding and research into early diagnosis and treatment for stomach cancer
  • Raise funds for stomach cancer research
  • Encourage people and interested groups and organizations to observe and support Stomach Cancer Awareness Month through appropriate programs and activities to promote public awareness of, and potential treatments for, stomach cancer
  • Empower everyone by uniting the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer

NSFC says that in 2011, more people began hosting local events to help raise Stomach Cancer Awareness Month awareness. In 2012, NSFC says participation in the No Stomach For Cancer Walk included 35 states and 10 countries.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there were an estimated 26,240 new cases of stomach cancer in 2018. This was 1.5 percent of all new cancer cases.

There were an estimated 10,800 deaths associated with stomach cancer in 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute. This represented 1.8 percent of all cancer deaths.

Between 2008 and 2014, the National Cancer Institute reported 31.0 percent of people survived five years with stomach cancer. In 2015, there were an estimated 97,915 people living with stomach cancer in the United States.

Symptoms of stomach cancer are not always immediately apparent. Some changes in the stomach may not cause adverse symptoms.

In some cases, symptoms of stomach cancer could include:

  • Poor appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting, possibly with blood
  • Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
  • Bloody stool
  • Low red blood cell count (anemia)

The American Cancer Society estimates that only about 1 in 5 stomach cancers in the United States is found at an early stage before it has spread to other areas of the body. According to the American Cancer Society, the overall 5-year relative survival rate of all people with stomach cancer in the United States is about 31 percent.

Treatment for stomach cancer may involve surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, or radiation therapy. Treatment choices vary by type and stage of stomach cancer, and your treatment team could include a gastroenterologist, surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist.

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