I eat mostly salty food and barely any fruits or vegetables. Am I putting myself at risk for developing stomach cancer?
If bacon is your favorite food group, you may want to rethink your eating habits since eating a diet high in salty and smoked foods and low in colorful fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list of risk factors for stomach cancer. Another lifestyle habit that contributes to developing stomach cancer is smoking. So, remember to exercise, decrease the salt intake, increase the amount of fresh produce you eat, and, if you smoke, stop smoking.
“I urge people to eat low glycemic foods that are rich in all of the colors of the rainbow,” says Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta. “These foods carry phytonutrients and other natural disease-fighting substances that can help prevent cancer or help someone undergoing treatment feel better throughout the process.” You can download Causenta’s guide to the rainbow diet. https://www.causenta.com/glycemic-load-rainbow-diet/
Diet Isn’t the Only Culprit in Stomach Cancer
Some people may be at a higher risk for stomach cancer due to things out of their control, including family history, infection with Helicobacter pylori (long-term stomach inflammation), and stomach polyps. Being aware of common stomach cancer symptoms can help you take control of your health. Common signs of stomach cancer include fatigue, feeling bloated after eating, feeling full after eating small amounts of food, severe and persistent heartburn, severe and constant indigestion, unexplained and continual nausea, stomach pain, persistent vomiting, and unintentional weight loss.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and seek medical treatment, your doctor may use imaging tests such as a CT scan or perform an endoscopy in which a small camera is passed down your throat to look for any suspicious tissue. If cancer is found with either test, your doctor may perform additional diagnostics before recommending a treatment path. Exploratory surgery can help determine if the cancer has spread past the stomach area. It is typically performed laparoscopically so that it is minimally invasive with shorter healing times than traditional surgery.
Stomach Cancer Treatment Options
When your doctor has determined which stage of stomach cancer you have, treatment protocols can be recommended. In certain cases, it may be recommended that you undergo a total gastrectomy, which is the removal of the stomach. During the procedure, the esophagus is connected to the small intestine to allow the digestive process to continue. “It is important for patients to really understand what this will mean to their long-term quality of life,” says Incledon. “This is a major surgery and while it may be the best option, there may be other strategies to try as well.”
The team at Causenta will review and discuss treatment options with you so that you can help determine what best accomplishes your goals and aligns with your thinking. We work with stomach cancer patients and their families to help our patients feel their very best.
For more information about personalized treatment options and care for stomach cancer at Causenta, schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation today.