While there is no known exact cause of stomach cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of stomach cancer, including a diet high in salts, smoked food, family history of stomach cancer and etc. Read on to learn more.
Stomach Cancer is also commonly known as Gastric Cancer. It is a cancer that starts in the stomach and occurs when cells in the inner layer of the stomach wall grow and divide uncontrollably. These cells become malignant (cancerous) cells and form in the lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer is the sixth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women.
Often, patients with Stomach Cancer are diagnosed at late stages as early detection of stomach cancer is hampered by the lack of presenting symptoms until the cancer is in the advanced stage.
While there is no known exact cause of stomach cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of stomach cancer. These factors include having:
Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. This is one of the contributing factors to why stomach cancers are so difficult to detect early without screening.
However, as the cancer grows, signs and symptoms may become more prominent and may include any of the following:
Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer. If you are worried, it is best to consult your doctor right away.
Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. This is one of the contributing factors as to why stomach cancers are so difficult to detect early without screening.
Early detection and regular screening help protect you from stomach cancer as you would be able to start intervention measures as early as possible, where the prospects of treatment are better.
GASTROClear™ is a MicroRNA based blood test used in the detection of Stomach Cancer before symptoms surface. It is the world’s first blood test for the early detection of gastric cancer, allowing for timely and life-saving treatment at an early stage.
It is used as an adjunctive test in conjunction with endoscopy for the early detection of stomach cancers.
The GASTROClear™ is a low-cost and noninvasive screening procedure that detects cancers by detecting microRNAs in the bloodstream. When cancer is present, microRNAs are actively secreted into the blood by tumour cells. They are disease specific and provide a real-time and direct indication of the existence, development and progression of a disease.
GASTROClear™ measures 11 novel stomach cancer microRNAs that are associated with the presence of stomach cancer. These levels of microRNAs are either elevated or reduced in the early stages of stomach cancer and helps in its detection, even before clinical symptoms appear.
As such, GASTROClear™ determines the risk of having stomach cancer at the point of testing and assists our doctors in recommending a patient for gastroscopy, which involves inserting a thin tube with a camera into a patient’s stomach.
GASTROClear™ can detect 87.5% of Stage 1 stomach cancers, which have the highest patient survival rate.
The GASTROClear™ is a simple and noninvasive blood test. The screening procedure is the same as a standard blood test.
After your blood is drawn, the doctor will send the blood to the lab and you can expect to receive your results report after 7-10 days.
The results report will show a summary of your personalized risk score, which risk group you belong to, and the recommended next steps.
If your score is:
Anyone with symptoms or risk factors should get screened regularly. Regular screening and early detection can help protect you from stomach cancer, where you can intervene early when the prospects of treatment are much better.
GASTROClear™ measures 11 novel stomach cancer microRNAs that are associated with the presence of stomach cancer. These levels of microRNAs are either elevated or reduced in the early stages of stomach cancer and helps in its detection, even before any clinical symptoms appear.
The GASTROClear™ test has a 3-4 times better detection rate compared to testing for traditional tumour markers.
Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders.
It is difficult to tell if you have stomach cancer without screening. While some may experience symptoms, it is important to note that different people experience different symptoms of stomach cancer.
The best way forward is to book an appointment to get yourself screened, and consult a doctor to get professional medical advice.
You can reduce your risk for stomach cancer by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle:
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