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Incidence of stomach cancer (gastric cancer)

Gastric cancer accounts for 6% of cancer deaths in the U.K. and there were 8500 cases in 2004. In most of the Western world its incidence is decreasing. However, the incidence varies dramatically across the globe and this cancer is the second commonest malignancy in Japan, Latin America and some parts of Northern Europe. For example, in Japan, the disease accounts for 60% of male cancer and 40% of female cancer incidence.

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