Study: Salty Diet May Increase Stomach Cancer Risk

by: cancercompass

A new South Korean study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims "that salt preference has a marginal positive association with a risk of gastric cancer." Meaning there is a small, yet still positive association with high salt intake and stomach cancer.

According to the study, gastric cancer is declining, however, the disease still remains the most common cancer type in Korea. The study found that those who consumed a high-salt diet had a 10 percent greater risk of developing the disease.

Reuters interviewed Dr. Eric Jacobs, of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, who was not involved in the study. He stated in an email to Reuters that "gastric cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States in the 1930s, but rates have dropped over time, probably due to a number of factors, including declining rates of infection with Helicobacter pylori (a bacterium responsible for ulcers and stomach inflammation)."

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