Esophageal and Stomach Cancer FAQs
Patients that have been diagnosed with stomach or esophageal cancer will have many questions for their doctors and other care providers. Learning about stomach cancer, its detection, treatment, and outcomes is important for feeling empowered and in control of a challenging process. Patient education is a cornerstone of the work we do at our Phoenix esophageal and stomach cancer treatment center. These FAQs will help get you started learning about this condition and its treatment.
What Are the Risk Factors Associated With Stomach Cancer?
There are several risk factors associated with the development of esophageal and stomach cancer, including:
- Dietary choices
- Alcohol use
- Tobacco use
- Pernicious anemia
- Previous stomach surgery
- Stomach polyps
- Type A blood
- Family history of stomach cancer
These risk factors do not individually or collectively suggest that a person will certainly be diagnosed with cancer. Speaking with a doctor to assess your cancer risk is advisable.
Who Is Most Likely to Get Stomach Cancer?
Age is a risk factor of stomach cancer; most cases occur in people between 60 – 80 years of age. Stomach cancer is more common in men than women and more common in African Americans and Hispanic Americans than in non-Hispanic whites. China, Japan, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central America some of the locations where stomach cancer is more likely to occur.
Should Patients Get a Second Opinion on a Stomach Cancer Diagnosis?
Some forms of esophageal and stomach cancer are relatively rare, which means that doctors may have only seen it infrequently; in this case, seeking a second opinion from a cancer specialist is reasonable. If you have been diagnosed by a doctor who does not specialize in cancer or if you are uncomfortable with the course of treatment identified, a second opinion from a specialist can help you make an informed decision.