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Anyone can get stomach cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.

You might be more likely to get it if you:

Many stomach cancers are also linked to lifestyle.

You cannot always prevent stomach cancer. But making healthy changes can lower your chances of getting it.


  • try to quit smoking

  • try to lose weight if you are overweight

  • wear protective clothes and masks if you work in a job where you're exposed to harmful chemicals, such as in the rubber industry or coal mining

  • cut down on how much salt you eat

  • try to cut down on alcohol – avoid drinking more than 14 units a week

  • try to eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day

  • cut down on how much red and processed meat you eat, such as ham, bacon and salami


It is important to get any symptoms of stomach cancer checked by a GP.

Even if you do not think you fit into any of the groups with a higher chance of getting it. Anyone can get stomach cancer.