Support Stomach Cancer Research

Considered a "rare" form of cancer in the United States, more than 21,000 individuals are diagnosed each year with stomach cancer in the US. This equates to a little less than 5% of all cancers diagnosed in the US annually. As a result research on prevention and treatment is at the very bottom of the funding totem pole at around $11,000 each year. Not being a politician, or a chemist, I can still appreciate that there is not a lot that any entity could do to make strides in prevention and treatment with a mere $11,000 to do it with!

Stomach Cancer Awareness is critical and only the friends, family and victims themselves of this silent killer can make the world hear that more is needed and it is needed now. Just because the symptoms are quiet and difficult to detect doesn’t mean that shouting the need for awareness shouldn’t be loud and clear.

Cancer begins in cells, the building blocks that make up tissues. Tissues make up the organs of the body. Normally, cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old, they die, and new cells take their place.

Sometimes, this orderly process goes wrong. New cells form when the body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass of tissue called a growth or tumor.

Stomach cancer can then affect nearby organs and lymph nodes:

* A stomach tumor can grow through the stomach's outer layer into nearby organs, such as the pancreas, esophagus, or intestine.

* Stomach cancer cells can spread through the blood to the liver, lungs, and other organs.

* Cancer cells also can spread through the lymphatic system to lymph nodes all over the body.

When cancer spreads from its original place to another part of the body, the new tumor has the same kind of abnormal cells and the same name as the original tumor.

1. We must try our hardest to find a cure for all cancer.

2. More national funding needs to be allocated directly to the prevention, detection and treatment of stomach cancer.

3. Knowledge about early detection is critical.