Treating and preventing stomach cancer Treating and preventing stomach cancer

Some of the symptoms of stomach cancer include pain in your stomach just above your bellybutton, difficulty swallowing, weight loss for no apparent reason, indigestion and burping whether you have eaten or not.

The Colombian Hematology and Oncology Association, the Colombian Gastroenterology Association and the Rasa and Simmon foundations, according to their figures, seek to educate citizens on the risk factors of stomach cancer and emphasize the importance of getting an early diagnosis as a key part of efficient treatment.

A healthy and balanced diet that restricts the intake of salty, smoked and spicy foods reduces the risk of suffering from this disease. Infection caused by the bacterium helicobacter pylori, is also another risk factor of stomach cancer. This bacterium leads to chronic inflammation which can cause chronic gastritis and can lead to changes in the cell cycle.

The V Informe del Observatorio Nacional de Salud (The Fifth National Health Report) emphasizes that this diagnosis is twice as common and more deadly among Colombian men than among Colombian women. It also finds that the working age population, between 20 and 44 years of age, are more likely to get this disease.

It is extremely important for each person to take measures to prevent the development of stomach cancer in order to put a stop to this disease as a cause of death.

In Colombia, stomach cancer is ahead of lung, colon, rectal, prostate and breast cancer as a cause of death.

Keep in mind:
According to the World Health Organization, the rate of mortality as a result of stomach cancer in Colombia is expected to increase in 2020 by 27%, which exceeds the projected increase for South America (23%) and North America (18%).