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Stomach cancer linked to alcohol, processed meats, and excess weight, new report says

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 19:36:42-04

Drinking alcohol, eating processed meats, and being overweight are all linked to stomach cancer, according to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.

According to the report, thousands of stomach cancer cases could be prevented in the US if people maintained a healthy weight, limited alcohol, and avoided processed meats including ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, bologna, hot dogs, and some sausages.

Cancer.org says stomach cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, but is less common in the United States, where the rates of new cases have been declining steadily since the early 20th century. About 26,000 cases of stomach cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the US in 2016 and almost 11,000 people are expected to die from it.

Click here to see more information on the report.