The epidemiology of gastric cancer

World J Surg. 1991 Mar-Apr;15(2):228-34. doi: 10.1007/BF01659057.


The etiology of gastric carcinoma, especially its "epidemic" or "intestinal" type is reviewed. The prevailing etiologic hypothesis, based on the selective targeting of etiologic agents in different points of the chain of causation, is described. Support for the hypothesis is updated, based on descriptive and analytical epidemiologic studies as well as on recently obtained laboratory and experimental evidence. Primary and secondary prevention measures are briefly discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / epidemiology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / etiology
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adenocarcinoma / prevention & control
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / etiology
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Humans