Stomach cancer is one of the most common diseases in the country, and it was the cause of death for the former player of the Brazilian women’s volleyball team, Ana Paula Borgo, at the age of 29. The athlete, who died on Thursday (11), discovered the disease about eight months ago In routine check-ups and was undergoing treatment.
Stomach cancer is the fourth most common type among men and sixth among women in Brazil. Also known as stomach cancer, it is most common in men between the ages of 60 and 70. About 65% of patients are over 50 years old, according to the National Cancer Institute (Inca).
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It is estimated that there were 21,480 new cases of the disease in the country annually, in the three-year period from 2023 to 2025, with 13,340 cases among men and 8,140 cases among women.
The disease has no specific signs. However, some symptoms should be noted: weight loss and appetite, fatigue, a feeling of fullness in the stomach, vomiting, nausea, and persistent abdominal discomfort.
These signs, according to the Incas, could indicate diseases such as ulcers, gastritis (considered benign), or a stomach tumor. Therefore, it is important to seek medical guidance as soon as possible for a diagnosis.
In an advanced stage, the patient may present with a palpable mass in the upper abdomen, an enlarged liver, water in the lower left part of the neck, and a nodule around the umbilicus.
The institute advises that certain factors may increase the risk of developing the disease, including being overweight, obese, excessive alcohol and salt intake, smoking, and pre-existing diseases.
To prevent the disease, it is recommended to avoid consuming alcoholic beverages, salty or salty foods, not smoking, and maintaining an appropriate weight.
Diagnosis and treatment
The disease is detected through upper GI endoscopy, an examination that allows you to see the stomach and esophagus, as well as a biopsy. If confirmed, a CT scan is performed to assess the extent of the tumor.
Treatment includes surgery and chemotherapy.
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