, are more common above the age of 50. While most cases of stomach cancer occur without a family history but approximately 10 percent of cases are clustered within families. So, it is importan
t to speak with your doctor if you have a family history of stomach cancer in a close family member or more than o
ne case in the same family. A strong family history of lobular breast cancer may also increase your risks.
Statistics also show that men are roughly twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with stomach cancer. People with Type A b
lood have a slightly higher risk of stomach cancer compared with people with other blood groups. And people from
an East Asian background (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and blacks have an increased risk.
Those who have previous gastric surgery and pernic
ious anemia – anemia caused by low levels of Vitamin B12 – should also pay more attention to that.
Screening for stomach cancer
Cancer screening is a way of testing healthy people before they develop symptoms to help detect cancer at an early
stage. Unlike colon, breast and cervical cancer, very few countries (with the exception of Japan and South Korea) have
population screening programs for stomach cancer. If you have risk factors, speak to a gastroenterologist or your fa
mily doctor about whether or not you would benefit from regular endoscopic checks for stomach cancer screening.