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As part of the digestive system, the stomach is a hollow organ in the upper abdomen, under the ribs.

Food moves from the mouth through the esophagus into the stomach. When placed in the stomach, the food will turn into a liquid from the digestive juices and then gets pushed by muscles in the stomach wall into the small intestine.

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a kind of cancer that takes place in any part of the stomach. Stomach cancer causes a large sum of people to die worldwide every year.

So what actually causes Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer or gastric cancer is cancer that develops from the lining of the stomach.

Early symptoms may include heartburn, upper abdominal pain, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Later symptoms may include weight loss, yellow skin, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and blood in the stool among others.

The cancer may spread from the stomach to other parts of the body, particularly the liver, lungs, bones, lining of the abdomen and lymph nodes.

The most common cause is infection by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which accounts for more than 60% of cases. Certain type of H. pylori have greater risks than others.

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