If a member of your family is diagnosed with stomach cancer, you are naturally concerned, in the first instance, about the person affected by this disease. Later, however, other concerns will often also start to play on your mind. Is it hereditary? Will I get it too? Can I do anything to reduce the risk?
At iGene we deal with heredity and prevention on a daily basis and help you find answers to these kinds of questions.
Stomach cancer is a malignant tumour in the stomach. In most cases it takes the form of an adenocarcinoma, a tumour that starts in the gland ducts within the stomach’s mucous membrane. Stomach cancer is an uncommon form of cancer. It is twice as common in men than women and mainly occurs in older age. One of the first symptoms is stomach pain after a meal. In many cases stomach cancer is only detected at a late stage, which means prognoses can be poor.
Genetic predisposition to stomach cancer
Your personal risk of stomach cancer depends on various factors. One of these is your DNA, but environmental factors and lifestyle also play a role, for example. To make a statement about your genetic predisposition, we examine mutations (changes or errors) in your DNA.
Preventing stomach cancer
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of stomach cancer. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent stomach cancer. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you.
Want to reduce your risk of stomach cancer?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary conditions, including stomach cancer. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of stomach cancer, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk.
A healthy lifestyle thanks to your iGene Passport
For as long as you are using iGene you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you take even more effective steps to prevent stomach cancer, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.