glasses-of-vodkaWhat happens in your stomach depends on what you put into it and that is especially true it seems when it comes to stomach cancer. The AICR and WCRF have just released reports which studied individuals who drank alcohol, ate processed meats, and weighed more than they should either from alcohol and processed meats or as a side issue.

The determination was that for all of these factors there was an association with the development of stomach cancer. The report authors note there is not hard proof, not yet, only and association between these factors of behavior and stomach cancer. It is of note though that in 2015 the WTO reported that processed meats can cause cancer.

The report stresses that individuals who develop stomach cancer have high mortality rates and symptoms do not manifest until the disease has progressed considerably. Stomach cancer tends to also be a disease of the elderly and is predisposed more towards men than women.

Breaking down the study:

Obesity: Scientist concluded that being obese exacerbated the risk of cancer of the upper stomach. Their hypostasis was that excessive weight encourages acid reflux. Acid reflux then in turn develops into an ongoing irritation of the upper stomach and esophagus. Obesity also affects the function of hormones within the body. A 5-unit increase in body mass index (BMI) can increase upper stomach cancer risk 23%.

Processed Meats: What are they? Hot Dogs, Beef Jerky, Sausages, Lunch Meats, Salami, Pepperoni, and so on. These meats contain high concentrations of nitrates and salt as well as a byproduct of the smoking process called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). All of these things have individually been linked to causing cancer at one time or another. Having 1.8 oz. of any processed meat a day (around 1 hot dog) increases stomach cancer risk by 18%.

Alcohol: Alcohol has long been linked to cancer of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, and liver. Three or more drinks a day contribute to stomach cancer risk be it (3) 12 oz beers, (3) 6 oz glasses of wine, or (3) 1 oz. shots of liquor.

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