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The Likelihood of Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer is a leading cause of death for Asian Americans. The Office of Minority Health released data that shows, despite being less likely to develop prostate or breast cancer, Asian Americans are twice as likely to suffer from stomach cancer. This is commonly seen in immigrants from developing countries as they frequently come face-to-face with chronic infections and certain bacteria and viruses that could be prevented in the United States. For Koreans, doctors point to their diet as one of the leading causes of stomach cancer. With screening in Japan, the percentage of stomach cancer cases have decreased.  However, screening is not performed in the United States. Doctors and patients should stay vigilant and keep track of any symptoms that point to stomach cancer such as, unexpected weight loss, poor appetite, severe abdominal pain, and indigestion.

https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=46

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