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Eating these foods can raise your risk
World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on February 4 to raise awareness about cancer and to encourage, its prevention, detection and treatment.
Eating a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and avoiding or limiting red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, and highly processed foods are some of the advised changes in your lifestyle to avoid this type of cancer.
Stomach cancers tend to grow gradually. Only less than 20 per cent of patients with stomach cancer in India are diagnosed at an early stage, while 50 per cent get diagnosed when the disease has advanced; 25-30% have widespread or metastatic disease. Stomach cancer is the third most common cancer in men in India and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among Indian men and women between the age of 15 and 44.
Red meat: Beef, lamb and pork have been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen which means it probably causes cancer. High intake of red meat is associated with a 45% increased risk of gastric cancer.
Saturated fats: Total fat is potentially positively associated with gastric cancer risk, and specific subtypes of fats account for different effects. Cakes, biscuits, puddings and processed meats are examples of foods high in saturated fats.
Alcohol: It increases the penetration of carcinogens into the cells. Alcohol also affects the capacity of the cells to perform apoptosis thereby increasing the capacity of causing cancer.
Tobacco: Smoking increases stomach cancer risk, particularly for cancers of the upper part of the stomach near the oesophagus. The rate of stomach cancer is about double in people who smoke.