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Dietary Habits and Stomach Cancer Risk

Major report links alcohol, processed meat and obesity to stomach cancers

HealthDay Dietary Habits

Video Transcript: 

It’s being described as “a real wake up call”… a major, new report that links alcohol, processed meats and obesity to an increased risk of stomach cancer.

Researchers reviewed 89 studies that looked at stomach cancer, diet, physical activity and weight. They found “strong evidence” that having 3 or more alcoholic drinks per day increases the risk of stomach cancer. Eating processed meats…including ham, bacon, salami and hot dogs,…was also associated with a significant risk . … For every 1.8 ounces eaten daily, the risk of lower stomach cancer jumped 18 percent. This new report also cites evidence that being overweight or obese puts adults at increased risk of upper stomach cancer.

The head of nutrition programs at the American Institute for Cancer Research says “there are steps everyone can take for cancer prevention and better health, like eating more vegetables, beans, fruits and other plant foods along with squeezing in a few more steps every day.”

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.