Awareness Color: Periwinkle
Awareness Month/Day(s): November
Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, is a malignant tumor arising from the lining of the stomach. There has been a significant decrease in the number of people diagnosed with stomach cancer in the past 60 years.
Stomach cancers are classified according to the type of tissue where they originate. The most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma, which starts in the glandular tissue of the stomach and accounts for 90% to 95% of all stomach cancers. Other forms of stomach cancer include lymphomas, which involve the lymphatic system and sarcomas, which involve the connective tissue (such as muscle, fat, or blood vessels).
Stomach cancer is cancer that occurs in the stomach — the muscular sac located in the upper middle of your abdomen, just below your ribs. Your stomach receives and holds the food you eat and then helps to break down and digest it.Cancer that forms in tissues lining the stomach. Also called gastric cancer.
Estimated new cases and deaths from stomach cancer in the United States in 2014:
• New cases: 22,220
• Deaths: 10,
*Sources: From WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/cancer/stomach-gastric-cancer