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Gastric Cancer:
Taking a Personalized
Approach

Gastric cancer, which is found in the lining
of the stomach and is more prevalent in men,
can be especially tough to spot because it's
difficult to distinguish cancerous lesions
from healthy tissue. Also, symptoms are
often confused with other cancers in the
abdomen-colon, pancreas, liver and small
intestine. Though gastric cancers often
develop slowly, there are no widely recommended screening procedures to make it
easier to diagnose in the early stages.
Still, there are recommendations for people at high risk. About 10 to 15 percent of
gastric cancer patients have a family link to
the disease. Another risk factor is infection
with Helicobacter pylori, a usually harmless germ that's present in up to 40 percent
of people in the U.S. but can damage the
stomach lining. Gastric cancer also has some

There is
immense
knowledge in
having a better
understanding
of family cancer.
-Bryan McIver, MD, PhD

In 2019, there
were approximately

57,000
pancreatic cancer
diagnoses and

62,000
new cases of
endometrial cancer

PHOTO AND ICONS BY GETTY IMAGES

Most of the time, imaging tests including
CT, MRI and ultrasound are used to detect
cancer in specific people, but early diagnosis
is tricky. "The majority of kidney tumors don't
have symptoms," Tykodi says. Still, there may
be some early warning signs, including blood
in the urine, abdominal or back pain, weight
loss and anemia.
For kidney cancer, like other cancers, it's
a good idea to speak to your doctor about a
screening protocol if you have family risks. If
one sibling has been diagnosed with kidney
cancer, the chances of other siblings getting
the disease increase. Also, some rare genetic
diseases, such as von Hippel-Lindau syndrome and Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome, may
put people at a higher risk of renal cancer.
More than 70,000 Americans receive a
kidney cancer diagnosis each year, and it is
more common in men. Obesity, smoking
and high blood pressure are also known
risk factors.

Source: American
Cancer Society

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