Five year survival rates for stomach cancer among the Korean population are reported to be

50-60% vs. 28% in the US

 

Stomach cancer represents roughly 2% (25,500 cases) of all new cancer cases yearly in the United States, but it is more common in other countries. Stomach cancer is the leading cancer type in Korea, with 20.8% of malignant neoplasms.

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Sources: American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/StomachCancer/OverviewGuide/stomach-cancer-overview-survival-rates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomach_cancer

What is Stomach Cancer?

The body is made up of hundreds of millions of living cells. Normal body cells grow, divide, and die in an orderly way. During the early years of a persons life, normal cells divide faster to allow the person to grow. After the person becomes an adult, most cells divide only to replace worn-out, damaged, or dying cells.

Stomach Cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. There are many kinds of cancer, but they all start because of this out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

Stomach Cancer cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancer cells keep on growing and form new cancer cells. These cancer cells can grow into (invade) other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do. Being able to grow out of control and invade other tissues are what makes a cell a cancer cell.

In most cases the cancer cells form a tumor. But some cancers, like leukemia, rarely form tumors. Instead, these cancer cells are in the blood and bone marrow.

When stomach cancer cells get into the bloodstream or lymph vessels, they can travel to other parts of the body. There they begin to grow and form new tumors that replace normal tissue. This process is called metastasis (muh-tas-tuh-sis).

No matter where a cancer may spread, it is always named for the place where it started. For instance, breast cancer that has spread to the liver is still called breast cancer, not liver cancer. Likewise, prostate cancer that has spread to the bone is called metastatic prostate cancer, not bone cancer.

Different types of cancer can behave very differently. For example, lung cancer and breast cancer are very different diseases. They grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. That is why people with cancer need treatment that is aimed at their own kind of cancer.

Not all tumors are cancerous. Tumors that arent cancer are called benign (be-nine). Benign tumors can cause problems they can grow very large and press on healthy organs and tissues. But they cannot grow into other tissues. Because of this, they also cant spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). These tumors are almost never life threatening.

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