#StomachThis for Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Stomach cancer affects 2,462 people in Australia every year. Community support in raising awareness for stomach cancer research is crucial to ensure better treatments are developed as quickly as possible.

Only 30% of people diagnosed with stomach cancer live for more than five years past their initial diagnosis. You can help to change these odds by being aware of the risk factors, watching out for the symptoms, and supporting research into new treatments for stomach cancer.

Stomach Cancer – Risks and Symptoms

To reduce your risk of stomach cancer, and other GI cancers, you can:

  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrain foods and fish, and reduce your consumption of fatty foods, red and processed meats. 90% of Australians are not eating enough fruit and vegetables
  • Reduce consumption of alcohol and not smoking
  • Participate in regular exercise
  • Be aware of your medical conditions that may increase your risk of developing GI cancers

Being aware of the symptoms of stomach cancer can help early detection, which can improve outcomes. Consult your doctor if you notice any changes or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Indigestion, or other digestion problems such as vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation with no cause
  • Feeling of bloating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Frequent burping
  • Heartburn or reflux
  • Unexplainable loss of weight and/or appetite
  • Unexplainable fatigue
  • Vomit containing blood
  • Bloody or black–coloured stools

You can make a donation to stomach cancer research here.