Stomach or Gastric Cancer Do's and Don'ts
The stomach is an important organ in your digestive system as it receives and holds the food you consume, and then helps to digest it. Stomach or gastric cancer occurs when cancer cells (cells that grow out of control) form in the inner lining of your stomach. These cells can eventually grow to form a tumor. This condition usually develops slowly over many years.
People with stomach cancer will often initially complain of symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, heartburn and loss of appetite. However, just having indigestion or bloating does not mean you have cancer. But if you experience these symptoms often, talk to your doctor.
Certain factors can increase a person's risk of gastric cancer, such as a diet high in salty and smoked foods or low in fruits and vegetables, a family history of stomach cancer, infection with a bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori, smoking and long-term stomach inflammation. Also, the risk of this disorder is usually higher in men than in women and it mostly occurs in older people.
Preventive Measures to stay away from Stomach or Gastric Cancer (Do's)
Try to stay physically active on most days of the week.
Consume at least two and half cups of vegetables and fruits each day.
Maintain a healthy weight by balancing calorie intake with physical activity.
If you consume pain killers frequently, talk to your doctor about how these drugs may affect your stomach. Treat stomach infections promptly as it can help in cutting your risk of cancer.
Cause of Stomach or Gastric Cancer (Don'ts )
Avoid very salty foods to protect your stomach.
Avoid smoking as it might double your risk of stomach cancer.
Cut down on alcohol since consuming three or more drinks per day increases the risk of stomach cancer.
Avoid processed meat such as salami and sausages.
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