Gastrointestinal Cancers

Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)

Mouth (oral) cancer is most common in the lips or the tongue, and less frequently occurs on the floor of the mouth, cheek lining, gums, or roof of the mouth (palate). Cigarette or tobacco smoking is associated with 70 - 80% of mouth (oral) cancer cases. Some occurrences of mouth cancer are attributed to bad oral hygiene and sometimes mouth inflammation.

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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer cancerous (malignant) tumor that affects the esophagus. It is a relatively uncommon form of cancer and occurs in the older population. Causes are often

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Stomach Cancer

Several different types of cancer can occur in the stomach, most common being adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma starts from common cells found in the lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer is relatively uncommon in the United States, but is still common in countries with salted, smoked or cured foods. It occurs most frequently in men over 40 years old.

Liver Cancer

The most common type of liver cancer is Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Hepatocellular Carcinoma is more common in in men than women, and usually occurs in people ages 50 - 60, in parts of Africa and Asia than in North or South America and Europe. In most cases, the cause of liver cancer is usually scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). Cirrhosis may be caused by

Gallbladder Cancer

Gallbladder cancer is an uncommon cancer compared to colon cancer. If Gallbladder cancer is discovered at its earliest stages, cure chances are very good. This type of cancer can be dangerous because as it grows, it shows no symptoms, and is difficult to detect. Because it has no symptoms, gallbladder cancers are discovered at a late stage, when the chance for a cure is often very poor.

Kidney Cancer

While the kidneys are not officially part of the digestive tract and are more part of the urinary tract, they are so related to the other, nearby organs that we had to include them.

Kidney cancer most commonly occurs as Renal Cell Carcinoma. It occurs most often in men ages 50-70. People at risk are those with kidney cancer in the family, smokers and drinkers.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the cancer that forms in the pancreas. It is another type of cancer that is difficult to diagnose early because it shows no symptoms and is often found in later stages.

Small Intestine Cancer

Small intestine cancer is a rare cancer that forms in tissues of the small intestine (between the stomach and the large intestine). The most common type of stall intestine cancer is adenocarcinoma. Other types of small intestine cancer include sarcoma, carcinoid tumor, gastrointestinal stromal tumor, and lymphoma.

Appendix Cancer

Appendix cancer is very rare. It has few symptoms and can first show itself as common appendicitis because it causes the appendix to erupt. There are five most common types of appendix cancer: Malignant Carcinoid, Mucinous Adenocarcinoma, Adenocarcinoma, Adenocarcinoid, and Signet Ring Adenocarcinoma.

Colon Cancer (Rectal Cancer)

Colon cancer, sometimes known as rectal or colorectal cancer is one of the easiest cancers to treat and cure when it is diagnosed early, and one of the deadliest when it is diagnosed during a later stage. Maintain a diet conducive to digestive health to prevent colon cancer, and get tested early and often to prevent it from spreading if colon cancer occurs.

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Duodenal Cancer

Duodenal Cancer is a relatively rare (compared to gastric cancer and colorectal cancer) cancer that occurs in the beginning section of the small intestine. Its most common form is adenocarcinoma. Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is a risk factor for developing this cancer. It is located between the stomach and the jejunum.

Gastrointestinal Stromal Cancer

A gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) are tumors whose behavior is driven by mutations in the Kit gene or PDGFRA genes. It is one of the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (1-3% of all gastrointestinal malignancies).

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