The new summary is out. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity
and the Prevention of Cancer: A Glob Perspective was just
released from the World Cancer Fund and the American Institute
for Cancer Research.
An international expert report panel of 21 Doctors and
an observer panel of 20 additional Doctors took part in
this extensive research project that was 5 years in the
making. The best news is that there is news and solid
evidence behind these 10 recommendations. Eighteen types
of cancers were studied and no 2 had the same food recommendations
to prevent cancer. Foods were put into 7 categories from
convincing decreased risk to convincing increased risk.
This article will look at the specific foods and other
criteria suggested in decreasing risk of Stomach cancer.
The results are more then surprising.
The symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to other diseases
so you may not realize you have it until it's too late.
The initial symptoms include feeling of fullness after
eating a small amount of food, difficulty swallowing and
mild upper abdominal discomfort. The symptoms of the more
progressed disease include vomiting blood, fatigue, weight
loss, nausea and vomiting and anemia. If you detected
the cancer in this early stage, you have a 70% chance
of long term recovery but detection in the later stages
has a poor prognosis. However, you have the opportunity
to decrease you risk and be proactive instead of reactive.
There are 2 foods stated that give a probable increased
risk of stomach cancer, one being salt and the other being
salty or salted foods. The current recommendation of the
dietary guidelines for Americans suggests limiting salt
intake to 1 teaspoon a day. That doesn't sound a lot and
it isn't. This one teaspoon should include plain salt
and the salt already on your food. Although most people
associate salt with high blood pressure, it should be
associated as the frontrunner to decrease risk of stomach
There are 3 foods stated that have a probable decreased
risk of stomach cancer: Non-starchy vegetables, Allium
vegetables and fruits. Allium vegetables include garlic,
onions, leeks, scallions and chives. Fruits are a category
so large that anyone will be able to find something they
like from this category. Therefore, the research shows
that are more foods that will decrease vs. increase risk,
good news for those who like to eat.
In addition, there are 4 foods stated that have a limited-suggestive
increased risk: chili, processed meat, smoked foods and
grilled or barbecued animal foods. The latter 3 are large
categories of foods and are staples in the diets of many
Americans. Although grilling is one of the healthier cooking
methods because you don't have to add fat, carcinogens
are given off which makes this method one of the unhealthiest
for us and the environment.
So there you have it, solid scientific evidence to decrease
risk of stomach cancer. The good news is that you can
find everything you need in the local grocery store and
save money while you are at it. If you are used to eating
a lot of processed or barbecued meats, you can slowly
change your shopping habits and buy smaller portions of
meat. Substituting more fish for meat will not only change
the type of fat you consume, it will also decrease your
risk of stomach cancer. Your wallet and your stomach will
both be pleased.
World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer
Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the
Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. Washington,
DC: AICR, 2007.
Fingerote, R. (2008). Stomach Cancer, Retrieved January
6, 2008, from WebMD, https://www.emedicinehealth.com/stomach_cancer.