People who eat 50 grams of processed meat per day, the equivalent of two brushes of bacon, have been found to have an increased risk of promoting the condition, according to a study from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) first published in 2016.
The research found that those who drink three or more alcoholic drinks per day are also at increased risk.
However, there is evidence that eating citrus fruits may help reduce this risk, experts say.
The report defines processed meat as “meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or with the addition of preservatives. Examples include ham, bacon, pastrami and salami, as well as sausages and some sausages.”
The experts also cited “strong evidence” that eating foods preserved with salt increases risk, such as pickled vegetables and salted or dried fish.
More than 7,000 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year in the UK, resulting in around 5,000 deaths.
Eighty percent of people are diagnosed as soon as the cancer begins to spread throughout the body.
According to Cancer Research UK, doctors believe a patient is fine if they are still alive two years after being diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer.
Men are twice as likely to develop stomach cancer as women, with adults more likely to develop cancer.
Processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer while being overweight or obese is linked to 10 different types of cancer.
The scientists also reported that there is “some evidence to suggest that eating grilled or grilled meat and fish increases the risk of stomach cancer.”
Dr Rachel Thompson, Head of Research Interpretation at WCRF, said at the time of the report’s publication: “This evidence gives us a clearer picture.
We can now say, for the first time, that drinking alcohol, eating processed meat and being overweight or obese can all increase the risk of stomach cancer.
“We hope that these findings will help people better understand what increases their cancer risk so that they can make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices.”
In the UK, the lifetime risk of stomach cancer is 1 in 67 for men and 1 in 135 for women.
This article was originally published on April 21, 2016