DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20213573

Visibility of gastric cancer awareness programs

Namrata Hange, Manoj Reddy Somagutta, Sai Harsha Bobba, Narayana Reddy Bathula, Erkan Batti, Obumneme Jude Iloeje, Klodin Ghazarian, Gouthami Sajjanagandla, Ulhas Vasave, Bernard Emuze

Abstract


Gastric cancer is one of the most common and deadliest cancers known globally. Due to historically low survival rates and available few treatment modalities, especially in developing nations with high burden incidence of gastric cancers, reducing incidence seems to be the key to reducing mortality. This article has emphasized the planning and visibility of the gastric cancer awareness program. The gastric cancer awareness programs shall help people approach health care facilities if reported to be symptomatic and help to reduce the mortality burden through early detection and access to treatment. Stomach cancer awareness programs involve sensitization of the population regarding symptom recognition, screening, identification of vulnerable people, and preventive measures focused on disease control. Recognition of people at risk, symptom screening protocol along with prevention, and management of gastric cancer is meant to achieve this Gastric cancer control strategy. Gastric cancer awareness campaign, along with identification of risk factors, shall include prevention, early detection, and potential gastric cancer treatments through appropriate programs and activities. Targeting high-risk populations including males, aged more than 40 years, smokers, obese, alcoholic, red-meat eaters, population with low socioeconomic status, and people with a positive family history of gastric cancer along for health education shall be directed towards the annual gastric cancer screening programme either free or subsidized rate. Holistic gastric cancer awareness programs encompass the integrated lifestyle modification approach-addressing a healthy balanced diet; de-addiction for smoking and alcohol and stress-free life. Specific local, country-specific strategies tailored to each country's risk factor profile shall be considered while planning a gastric cancer awareness program.


Keywords


Stomach cancer, Awareness, Programs, Treatment, Gastric cancer

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