What is the global incidence of epidemiology of gastric cancer?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Once the second most common cancer worldwide, stomach cancer has dropped to sixth place, after cancers of the lung, breast, prostate, colon and rectum, and skin (non-melanoma). [5] Stomach cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer. [5] The World Health Organization estimates that in 2018, gastric cancer accounted for 783,000 deaths worldwide. [1]

Tremendous geographic variation exists in the incidence of this disease around the world. Rates of the disease are low in Northern America and Northern Europe, and highest in Asian countries (eg, Mongolia, Japan, the Republic of Korea). The highest death rates are recorded in western Asian countries (Iran, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan). [5]  


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