November is stomach cancer awareness month.

Do you know the risk factors?

“Lifestyle” risks – behaviours and activities you can change – include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diets high in processed foods
  • Diets lacking in fresh vegetables and fruits

Other risks include

  • Family History of Stomach Cancer
  • Age greater than 50 years
  • Type A blood
  • Bacterial infections of the stomach and abdomen

Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer can include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Sense of fullness after eating small amounts of food (also called early satiety)
  • Abdominal pain or vague discomfort in the abdomen, usually above the navel
  • Heartburn, indigestion or ulcer-type symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting, with or without blood