It′s not clear what causes stomach cancer, so there′s no way to prevent it. But you can take steps to reduce your risk of stomach cancer by making small changes to your everyday life. For instance, try to:
Eat more fruits and vegetables - Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet each day. Choose a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Reduce the amount of salty and smoked foods you eat - Protect your stomach by limiting these foods. Experiment with herbs and other ways of flavoring foods that don′t add sodium.
Stop smoking - If you smoke, quit. If you don′t smoke, don′t start. Smoking increases your risk of stomach cancer, as well as many other types of cancer. Quitting smoking can be very difficult, so ask your doctor for help.
Know about your risk of stomach cancer - Some medical conditions increase your risk of stomach cancer, such as anemia, gastritis and stomach polyps. If you′ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions, ask your doctor how this affects your stomach cancer risk. Together you may consider periodic endoscopy to look for signs of stomach cancer. In some cases, you and your doctor may decide your risk is high enough that the benefits of screening outweigh the potential risks.