Standard screening test: NONE

  • Incidence of stomach cancer continues to decline in both males (2.2% per year) and females (1.3% per year). Current rates are about half of what they were in 1985.
  • This decline may be due to long-term improvements in diets and decreases in smoking and heavy alcohol use. The declining incidence of stomach cancer may also be related to the more recent recognition and treatment of infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, an important risk factor for stomach cancer.

Additional facts & information:

5 Year Survival

  • Stage 0 – no data
  • Stages 1 & 2 – 67%
  • Stage 3 – 31%
  • Stage 4 – 5%

About 63% of cases are diagnosed late, at stage 3 or stage 4.