Reducing Your Stomach Cancer Risks
Though there is no exact known cause of stomach cancer, there are several things that could increase your risk. Some are uncontrollable, such as age and race, but others are habits or lifestyle choices that could be altered to lower your risk of cancer.
Your diet, as well as your daily habits, could help you minimize your chance of developing the disease. Here’s what you should know:
Stomach Cancer Prevention Tips
Limit Salt and Smoked Foods
Your diet can play a part in your risk for stomach cancer. According to The American Cancer Society, those whose diets have a large amount of smoked or pickled food are at a higher risk for stomach cancer. When combined with specific stomach bacteria, nitrates (like those in cured meats) can sometimes be converted into compounds that may cause stomach cancer.
Increase Your Intake of Fruits and Vegetables
It’s no secret that a healthy diet is a critical factor in better overall health, but those who focus on fresh fruits and vegetables (especially those that are vibrant in color) may also be lowering their chance of stomach cancer.
Know Your Family History
Having close relatives who have had stomach cancer might be an indicator that your risk is higher than those with no family history of it. If it does run in your family, discuss your testing options with your doctor.
Stay Physically Active
Daily workouts can provide you with more energy and are vital in maintaining a healthy weight. However, what you might not know is that regular exercise is also linked to a reduced risk of stomach cancer. Any form of daily activity is a step in the right direction.
Kick the Unhealthy Habits
Smoking is one of the leading causes of most cancers, especially stomach cancer. If you do not smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, consider quitting. Though it’s never easy, there are a variety of tools to help you ditch the habit for good; talk to your doctor about the best option for you.
Know the Symptoms
Though many stomach cancer symptoms can mimic other conditions, it’s still important to see your doctor when anything persists for long periods of time. Some common symptoms include:
- Bloating after eating
- Persistent heartburn, vomiting, or nausea
- Stomach pain
- Unintentional weight loss
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