Helicobacter pylori Antibody Titer and Gastric Cancer Screening

Dis Markers. 2015;2015:156719. doi: 10.1155/2015/156719. Epub 2015 Sep 30.


The "ABC method" is a serum gastric cancer screening method, and the subjects were divided based on H. pylori serology and atrophic gastritis as detected by serum pepsinogen (PG): Group A [H. pylori (-) PG (-)], Group B [H. pylori (+) PG (-)], Group C [H. pylori (+) PG (+)], and Group D [H. pylori (-) PG (+)]. The risk of gastric cancer is highest in Group D, followed by Groups C, B, and A. Groups B, C, and D are advised to undergo endoscopy, and the recommended surveillance is every three years, every two years, and annually, respectively. In this report, the reported results with respect to further risk stratification by anti-H. pylori antibody titer in each subgroup are reviewed: (1) high-negative antibody titer subjects in Group A, representing posteradicated individuals with high risk for intestinal-type cancer; (2) high-positive antibody titer subjects in Group B, representing active inflammation with high risk for diffuse-type cancer; and (3) low-positive antibody titer subjects in Group C, representing advanced atrophy with increased risk for intestinal-type cancer. In these subjects, careful follow-up with intervals of surveillance of every three years in (1), every two years in (2), and annually in (3) should be considered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Bacterial / immunology*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / immunology*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods
  • Helicobacter pylori / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Serologic Tests / methods
  • Stomach Neoplasms / microbiology*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / pathology


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Biomarkers, Tumor