Stomach Cancer Prevention
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Stomach Cancer
A risk factor increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help reduce your risk of stomach cancer.
The general guidelines for helping reduce your risk of stomach cancer include the following:
A significant number of cases of stomach cancer may be associated with smoking. If you are a smoker, you should do everything within your power to stop. You are risking stomach cancer, as well as many other kinds of serious disease. Contact your healthcare provider to see if you can use an alternative nicotine delivery system (nicotine patch, nicotine gum), hypnotherapy, or group support to help you make this difficult but important lifestyle change.
For more information on quitting smoking, click here.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol may be a risk factor for stomach cancer. If you are a heavy drinker, consult with your healthcare provider on methods that can help you stop drinking.
Get Treatment for Other Stomach Conditions
Avoid Exposure to Stomach Cancer-causing Chemicals
You may have a higher-than-normal risk of developing stomach cancer if you work with heavy metals, rubber, or asbestos. If you must work with these substances, find out how to best protect yourself from exposure to the chemicals you'll be around. Check with the
Eat a Nutritious Diet
More and more studies imply that diet can play a role in the prevention of cancer. Check with your healthcare provider or see a registered dietitian (RD) to learn how to eat a diet high in vegetables and fiber and low in saturated fats and meats. Furthermore, since stomach cancer has been associated with smoked, salted, and pickled foods, it would be wise to cut down on these foods as much as possible.
For more information on eating a diet rich in vegetables, click here.
For more information on eating a diet low in saturated fat, click here.