Stomach The most common type of stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) develops in cells that line the stomach.


Nationwide there were 2118 new cases of stomach cancer in 2012.

Risk of diagnosisbefore age 75

Men Men: 1 in 125 Woman Women: 1 in 283

Causes/Risk Factors

The causes of stomach cancer are not fully understood. Some established risk factors include:

Established risk factors include:

  • Smoking .
  • Infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori .
  • A diet high in smoked, pickled and salted foods and low in fresh fruit and vegetables .
  • A family history of stomach cancer .






If the information on this website raises any questions or concerns relating to your cancer, please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20. Specialist cancer nurses staff the line Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm.