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Articles on Epidemiology in Gastric Cancer

This section of the Advances in Gastrointestinal Cancer Resource Centre is where you will find the most recently published data on the epidemiology of gastrointestinal cancers in the form of peer-reviewed original articles and review articles, all independently selected and several commented upon by members of the Editorial Board. Many of the articles are freely available for downloading.

Focusing initially on gastric cancer, these pages will provide new content each month to help you stay abreast of recent scientific developments in this area. 

Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer worldwide, in men and women, and accounts for 8.8% of all cancer deaths.1 Stomach cancer accounts for 6.8% of all cancer cases, more than 70% of which occur in developing countries.1

Since 1975, stomach cancer has dropped from first position to fifth in the list of most common cancers in the world, after lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers.1 This decrease may be partly due to increased use of food refrigeration (rather than traditional methods of food preservation such as salting and smoking), reduced rates of chronic Helicobacter pylori infection, and perhaps a reduced prevalence of smoking.2 In most of the world few cases of stomach cancer are detected at an early stage, and 5-year survival rates range from less than 20% in developing countries to 54% in Japan, where a national screening programme facilitates earlier detection and treatment.2

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1. International Agency for Research on Cancer. GLOBOCAN 2012: Estimated cancer incidence, mortality and prevalence worldwide in 2012. Available from: Accessed 6 April 2016.
2. American Cancer Society. Global Cancer Facts & Figures. 3rd edition. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2015.

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