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Jaipur to obverse Abdominal Cancer Day with public awareness session by experts
Abdominal Cancer Day is going to be observed across the globe on November 19. In Jaipur, a three-hour awareness session on GI, liver and pancreatic cancer will be organized at the local Birla Auditorium. At the event jointly organized by TOI and CK Birla Hospitals, experts such as Dr (Prof), RB Panwar and Dr Sundeep Jain will interact with the participants.

In the US, the whole month of November is being observed as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month to educate people about stomach cancer including risk factors, prevention and early detection. Also, patients, caregivers, families, friends, businesses and organizations are being encouraged to participate in a variety of ways, informs the 'No Stomachs for Cancer' website. Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer is related to formation of abnormal cells in a part of the stomach.

World Health Organization statistics informs that though stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer worldwide, but it is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. In over 90% of all stomach cancers the adenocarcinoma of the stomach in which the cells that form the mucosa are affected.

The specials say that early symptoms include heartburn, persistent indigestion, stomach pain, breathlessness, black stools that contain blood, vomiting with traces of blood and difficulty in swallowing.

According to the Gastric Cancer Foundation, stomach cancer tends to develop slowly over many years. "Before cancer develops, pre-cancerous changes often occur in the lining of the stomach but rarely cause symptoms and can go undetected. There is much cause for hope if gastric cancer is found early, however the outlook is poor if discovered at an advanced stage," they inform.

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