• By Laurel Kelly

Living With Cancer: Stomach cancer

November 10, 2017

a medical illustration of stomach cancerStomach cancer: An overview
November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to learn more about this disease. For the past several decades, rates of cancer in the main part of the stomach have been falling worldwide. During the same period, cancer in the area where the top part of the stomach meets the lower end of the esophagus has become much more common. Find out about the symptoms, causes and risk factors for stomach cancer and what you can do to prevent it.

CA 125 test: A screening test for ovarian cancer? 
While women with ovarian cancer often have an elevated level of CA 125, an elevated CA 125 level doesn't always mean you have ovarian cancer. Some women with ovarian cancer never have an elevated CA 125 level, and there are many other conditions that also can cause an elevated CA 125 level. Whether this test is recommended for you depends on your disease risk. Learn more from Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN.

Small cell versus large cell cancer 
The terms small cell and large cell are descriptive of the appearance of cancer cells under a microscope. Examining and noting the characteristics of your cancer cells helps your health care provider determine your type of cancer and where it began. Learn more from Dr. Timothy Moynihan, a Mayo Clinic oncologist.