Being attentive to gastric cancer symptoms can help you prevent it Being attentive to gastric cancer symptoms can help you prevent it

Being attentive to gastric cancer symptoms can help you prevent it

Prevention 28 July, 2016 Isabel Vallejo


A balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins and fat is the best antidote to prevent gastric cancer.

The general recommendation is that people improve their eating habits, that they eat enough foods rich in fiber, proteins and minerals, and that they alert their physician if they experience early satiety, stomach aches, acid reflux or heartburn. By doing so, they might help detect the disease early, through a timely endoscopy.

“One of the biggest problems is that patients consult with their physician when the cancer is already at an advanced stage, when they experience vomiting, diarrhea, anemia or even abdominal masses”, said Ricardo Oliveros Wilches, a physician with the National University of Colombia and a specialist in general surgery with the National Cancer Institute.

Root causes

Gastric cancer is the leading cause of mortality in Colombia. Its onset usually takes place in the stomach lining and, in addition to there being an 80% correlation with a person’s diet, gastric cancer can also be also the consequence of the presence of the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori, which lives in the stomach and is responsible for most stomach and upper small intestine ulcers.

If the patient shows signs, has a medical or family history of this disease, they must consult with a doctor and take the appropriate measures to prevent the pathology from developing or progressing.

Take care of your digestive system:

  • Wash your hands before you eat.

– Avoid the excess consumption of food or drinks to avoid indigestion.

– Avoid eating foods that are too hot, too cold or that may irritate your digestive system.

– Eat at appropriate hours during the day, avoid eating foods in between meals.