How Common Is Stomach Cancer in Women?

Last Editorial Review: 2/13/2018

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How common is stomach cancer in women?

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Stomach cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The incidence of stomach cancer in the U.S. is lower than in less developed countries. This is thought to be due to widespread use of refrigeration as well as use of antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria.

Stomach cancer is more common in men than in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that a woman's chances of developing stomach cancer are 1 in 154, while a man's risk is 1 in 95. The American Cancer Society estimates about 26,240 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed (16,520 in men and 9,720 in women) in 2018.

A major risk factor for stomach cancer is advanced age. About 60% of people diagnosed with stomach cancer are 65 and older.

Read our full medical article on stomach cancer for more information.

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