Stomach cancer mostly affects older people.
About 6 of every 10-people diagnosed with stomach cancer each year are 65 or older. Loss of appetite is usually a part of the normal aging process. Our digestive system tends to worsen with age especially when it comes to our stomach. As one gets older, their stomach is more susceptible to several age-related changes that can lead to an increases risk of stomach diseases. Two common issues we see are difficulty swallowing and gastroesophageal reflux.
One of the characteristics of an aging stomach is thinner stomach lining, which makes it more susceptible to damage. Aspirin and NSAIDs are not recommended for those at risk of gastric issues. Lifestyle changes can help greatly with risk factors for stomach cancer. In some patients at risk for gastric cancer, it may be wise to implement an H. pylori eradication regimen. Inflammation is also associated with gastric cancer. Conditions that cause inflammation such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and H. pylori infection are known to increase the risk of gastric cancer.
Speak with your doctor if you have any of the early warning signs of stomach cancer:
• Mild nausea
• Difficulty swallowing
• Loss of appetite
• Blood in stools
• Bloating and stomach upset
• Unexpected weight loss