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The exact cause of stomach cancer is not clear. However, several risk factors have been identified that raise the risk of developing this illness.
Cancer is caused by mutations in the cellular DNA that alter the cell’s regulatory mechanisms such as growth, division and programmed cell death (apoptosis). Cells that contain this altered genetic material may grow in an uncontrollable manner, and give rise to a tumor. Any factors that increase the likelihood of genetic mutation such as exposure to radiation or toxic substances, increase the risk for cancer.
Some of the risk factors for stomach cancer include: