Stomach Cancer Brochure Essay

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Stomach Cancer in Middle aged and Older Adults

Stomach cancer is also called gastric cancer. This cancer begins in the stomach. Most of the time, the stomach cancer grows slowly over many years, and begins in the mucosa and grows into the other layers of the stomach. The stomach wall has five layers which the cancer affects, with three layers in specific because it can grow in these deeper. The innermost layer is the mucosa, which is where the cancer starts; next layer is the submucosa, a layer of muscle called the musclaris, and then the outer two outer layers, the subserosa, and the serosa, which is the wrapping for the stomach itself.

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer and How It Affects Your Body

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Many know causes and risk factors of stomach cancer have been examined, but it is not known exactly how these factors cause cells of the stomach lining to become cancerous. Things such as astrophic gastritis which is a pre-cancerous change, intestinal metaplasia, and H pylori bacteria which converts substances in some foods into chemicals that cause mutations or changes in the DNA of the cells in the stomach lining. There is a germ called Helicobacter Pylori Infection that grows on the inside lower stomach, which leads to inflammation such as Chronic Atrophic Gastritis. Other causes and risks that come with stomach cancer is your gender because more common than none it affects men more than women. Aging, a sharp increase after the age of 50, ethnicity, more common in Hispanic and African Americans, than non-Hispanic whites, and most common in Asian/Pacific Islanders. Geography plays a big part in stomach cancer risks if you live in Japan, China, Southern and Eastern Europe, and South and Central America. Diet is another risk of stomach cancer by eating large amounts of smoked foods, salted fish and meats, and pickled vegetables. Tobacco use is a huge stomach cancer risk because the risks double in smokers. Obesity, previous stomach cancer, Menetrier disease, Type A blood, Inherited Cancer Syndromes,

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