Who is more likely to get stomach cancer

Anyone can get stomach cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.

You might be more likely to get it if you:

Many stomach cancers are also linked to lifestyle.

How to reduce your risk of getting stomach cancer


  • try to quit smoking

  • try to lose weight if you are overweight

  • wear protective clothes and masks if you work in a job where you're exposed to harmful chemicals, such as in the rubber industry or coal mining

  • cut down on how much salt you eat

  • try to cut down on alcohol and avoid drinking more than 14 units a week

  • try to eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day


It's important to get any symptoms of stomach cancer checked by a GP.

Even if you do not think you fit into any of the groups with a higher chance of getting it. Anyone can get stomach cancer.

Page last reviewed: 14 February 2023
Next review due: 14 February 2026