What is gastric cancer?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Gastric cancer is the sixth most common cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related death in the world. [1]  Although rates are low in North America and Northern Europe—in the United States, stomach malignancy is currently the 15th most common cancer [2] —the disease remains difficult to cure in Western countries, primarily because most patients present with advanced disease. See the image below.

Early gastric cancer in the gastric body. Courtesy Early gastric cancer in the gastric body. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (author Med_Chaos).

 


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