What are risk factors for the development of gastric cancer?

Updated: Feb 23, 2021
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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  • Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus may be associated with a rare (< 1%) form of stomach cancer, lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma.
  • Pernicious anemia associated with advanced atrophic gastritis and intrinsic factor deficiency is a risk factor for gastric carcinoma.
  • Gastric cancer may develop in the remaining portion of the stomach following a partial gastrectomy for gastric ulcer.  Benign gastric ulcers may themselves develop into malignancy.
  • Obesity increases the risk of gastric cardia cancer.
  • Radiation exposure: Survivors of atomic bomb blasts have had an increased rate of stomach cancer. Other populations exposed to radiation may also have an increased rate of stomach cancer.

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