What is it?
Stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) can develop in any part of the stomach, and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs. It may grow along the stomach wall into the esophagus or small intestine.
The cancer may also extend through the stomach wall and spread to nearby lymph nodes and organs, such as the liver, pancreas and colon. It may spread to distant organs, such as the lungs, the lymph nodes above the collarbone and to a woman’s ovaries.
Stomach cancer incidence
The National Cancer Institute states that each year more than 21,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer of the stomach. Fortunately, the rate of stomach cancer incidence in the United States has decreased dramatically over the past 60 years.