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Gastroenterology Review/Przegląd Gastroenterologiczny
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vol. 14
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Epidemiology of gastric cancer: global trends, risk factors and prevention

Prashanth Rawla
Adam Barsouk

Gastroenterology Rev 2019; 14 (1): 26–38
Online publish date: 2018/11/28
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Gastric cancer remains one of the most common and deadly cancers worldwide, especially among older males. Based on GLOBOCAN 2018 data, stomach cancer is the 5th most common neoplasm and the 3rd most deadly cancer, with an estimated 783,000 deaths in 2018. Gastric cancer incidence and mortality are highly variable by region and highly dependent on diet and Helicobacter pylori infection. While strides in preventing and treating H. pylori infection have decreased the overall incidence of gastric cancer, they have also contributed to an increase in the incidence of cardia gastric cancer, a rare subtype of the neoplasm that has grown 7-fold in the past decades. A better understanding of the etiology and risk factors of the disease can help reach a consensus in approaching H. pylori infection. Dietary modification, smoking cessation, and exercise hold promise in preventing gastric cancer, while genetic testing is enabling earlier diagnosis and thus greater survival.

stomach cancer, epidemiology, risk factors, prevention, gastric cancer, incidence, mortality, survival

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