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Gastric cancer, or stomach cancer, is cancer that originates in the stomach. The most common type of gastric cancer is adenocarcinoma, which starts in the lining of the stomach.
Gastric Cancer: What You Need to Know
- If you contracted the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, you may be at higher risk for developing gastric cancer.
- Gastric cancer symptoms are often similar to less serious gastric conditions. If you experience unexplained digestive problems, see your gastroenterologist.
- Gastric cancer is more common in men than in women and peaks when a person is in his or her 70s.
- Surgery, chemotherapy and endoscopic therapy are treatment options for gastric cancer.
Gastric cancer has declined in the United States in recent years, perhaps due to dietary changes. H. pylori is an important risk factor. Patients who contracted H. pylori are at a much higher risk for developing gastric cancer.
Read a more in-depth article about gastric cancer, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of gastric cancer.
Read our FAQs about gastric cancer.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for gastric cancer?
Johns Hopkins is one of only a few centers using confocal endomicroscopy, which offers immediate diagnosis.Learn more about confocal microscopy at Johns Hopkins.
The latest research on gastric cancer biomarkers promises early, non-invasive diagnosis.Find out more about this groundbreaking research.