In November 2014 our father was getting presurigcal testing done for an elective surgery when they noticed he was bleeding internally and was rushed to the hospital.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, our family was sitting in front of an oncologist being told he had Stage 3/4 Stomach Cancer. He completed a cycle of chemo and had all these tests done, which appeared to show there was no growth and he was approved for surgery to remove his stomach. It wasn't until the potential surgery and he was cut open that they saw the cancer had spread throughout his body, making him a definite Stage 4 patient and surgery no longer a possibility.
We were told he will never be cured of this disease, but his amazing team of doctors are doing all they can to contain it. I never heard about Stomach Cancer before this and was amazed to find out that the symptoms are so "normal" like indigestion and heartburn, that most people are so far along in the disease when they are diagnosed.
Please join us, along with our family and friends as we walk to raise money and awareness for this horrendous disease.
-Marc and Jill
Stomach Cancer: Prevention & Reducing Risk
Stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer type worldwide, and the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, with an estimated 723,000 deaths annually. Approximately 1 in 111 men and women will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetime.
In recent years, some types of stomach cancer have declined, while other types ~ more difficult to detect early and more deadly ~ are on the rise.
Stomach Cancer Awareness Facts
3nd leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide
Strikes young adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s
May be hereditary (HDGC) with up to 80% risk
Typically diagnosed in late stages
5 year survival rate for stave IV patients is only 4%, overall rate is about 29%
Almost 1 Million new cases diagnosed every year
Key Prevention and Risk Reducing Facts
Early detection is the key to surviving stomach cancer.
Lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, can potentially reduce the risk of stomach cancer
Treatment of H. pylori infection (a common bacterial infection of the stomach) can decrease the risk of stomach cancer development.
Knowing your family history and discussing it with your healthcare provider can help determine if you are at risk for inherited cancer syndromes.
Stomach Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Early stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms, making early detection very difficult. Stomach cancer may or may not present with vague gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can also be associated with other gastrointestinal illnesses, however, and should be discussed with a doctor who can perform tests to determine the cause of the symptoms
Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer can include:
Indigestion, heartburn or ulcer-type symptoms
Abdominal pain or vague discomfort in the abdomen, usually above the navel
Nausea and vomiting and/or bloating after meals
Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool
Diarrhea or constipation
Loss of appetite
Unexplained weight loss
Weakness and fatigue
Sense of fullness after eating small amounts of food (also called early satiety)
Symptoms may mimic other conditions, such as GERD, gastritis or peptic ulcer
Signs and symptoms should not be ignored. Most of these symptoms may be caused by things other than stomach cancer. They may also occur with other types of cancer. People who have any of these symptoms, especially if they don’t go away or get worse, should see their doctor to determine the cause and be treated.
Go with your gut!
If you feel that something isn’t right and you are not getting the answers you need…don’t give up. Be persistent. Continue to seek answers and don’t stop until you get them!
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