NSFC Stats Fifth

most common cancer type worldwide

NSFC Stats 1Million

Over 1 Million
new cases each year globally

Approximately 28,000 US cases estimated in 2020

NSFC Stats 1in111

1 in 111
men and women will be diagnosed in their lifetime

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Up to 10%
of stomach cancer cases are “familial” in origin

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Up to 42%
lifetime risk in hereditary cases

Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Syndrome (HDGC) increases the risk for diffuse gastric cancer (42% risk by age 80) and lobular breast cancer (42-55% risk for women by age 80)

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5-year survival rate for Stage IV stomach cancer patients

The overall 5-year survival rate is 29.3%

NSFC Stats 3rd

most common cause of cancer deaths globally

An estimated 11,000 Americans and 782,000 worldwide will die from stomach cancer in 2020

NSFC Stats 1.8billion

$1.8 billion
was spent on the care of stomach cancer patients in the US in 2014

But the National Cancer Institute invested only $11.2 million to fund stomach cancer research in 2013

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Only 0.23%
of the National Cancer Institute’s 2013 budget was dedicated to stomach cancer

Stomach cancer received the least amount of NCI research dollars in 2013 compared to other types of cancer

Did You Know?

  • Stomach cancer is difficult to detect and is typically diagnosed in late stages
  • Treatment of H. pylori infection (a common bacterial infection of the stomach) can decrease the risk of stomach cancer development
  • A diet high in smoked, salted, and pickled foods, tobacco use, and obesity can all increase the risk of stomach cancer
  • People who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, may also have an increased risk of developing stomach cancer
  • Stomach cancer can be hereditary, sometimes caused by a gene mutation (CDH1 is one such gene)
  • Preventative complete removal of the stomach (gastrectomy) is the treatment for those with a CDH1 gene mutation
  • Stomach, lobular breast, and colon cancer are all risks for those with the CDH1 gene mutation
  • A person can live a normal life without a stomach
  • Early detection of stomach cancer is the key to survival
  • You can help save lives by raising awareness of stomach cancer

American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute: SEER Stat Fact Sheets

National Cancer Institute: A Snapshot of Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

National Cancer Institute: Fiscal Year 20013 Fact Book

Who – Globocan 2018 World Fact Sheet 

Vogelaar IP, van der Post RS, Carneiro F, Guilford P, Huntsman D, et al. Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer: updated clinical guidelines with an emphasis on germline CDH1 mutation carriers. J Med Genet. 2015;00:1-14.