Meet the bacteria that causes stomach cancer
Cancer Bacteria H. pylori

Meet the bacteria that causes stomach cancer

Dr. Talia Henkle
Dr. Talia Henkle

In 10 seconds? A bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (affectionately; H. pylori) can be a cause of stomach cancer. But the good news is, specific antibiotics and nutritional factors may prevent these cancers from forming.

What’s the story? Today, we expand our knowledge about infectious agents that can cause cancer. A bacterium called H. pylori is behind most types of stomach cancer. Haven't heard of it? Well, you should! Because stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US (after lung cancer). Since most cases (80%) are only caught at an advanced stage, the 5-year survival rate of these cancers is only about 14%.

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