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Life has numerous turns and twists. Women encounter many stages of growth and change, from puberty and menstruation to giving birth to menopause. All these rites of passage create emotional ups and downs. Because of these factors, women may have a greater susceptibility to depression. Indeed, depression occurs in women at approximately twice the rate of men.

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MAINTAINING MENTAL WELL-BEING IN STRESSFUL JOBS

David Brabon is a plastic surgeon. In his practice at Rockcastle Hospital and Respiratory Center in Mount Vernon, Ky. – the largest respiratory care center in the United States – he removes skin cancers from faces and hands and rebuilds shattered noses, among other tasks. He has learned to not only encourage others but to maintain his own mental well-being.

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CALMING THE MIND THROUGH CONSCIOUS BREATHING

A calm mind is worth its weight in gold, especially in this day and age. There are more bills, emails, tweets, kids running around and relationships in need of time than ever before. Everybody needs to learn how to catch their breath and relax.  Techniques using the breath to calm the mind have been around forever. While these techniques are widely known and accessible, many people feel they don’t even have the time to learn about them, let alone develop a daily practice.

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decades, according to the Mayo Clinic. Yet during the same period, cancer in the gastroesophageal junction – the area where the top of the stomach meets the lower end of the esophagus – have become more common. This is where adenocarcinomas usually develop.


The highest incidences of stomach cancer are in East Asia – Korea, China, and Japan – accounting for 60 percent of all cases. It is not exactly known why the rates are higher in there. One theory posits several cultures in East Asia and Eastern and Northern Europe still adhere to older forms of food preservation despite refrigeration. Preserved foods and salt cures, which may be eaten three times a day every day in these regions, may lead to a higher incidence of H. pylori.

Gastric or stomach cancer begins when cancer cells form in the mucus-producing cells of the inner lining of the stomach. These cells can grow into tumors called adenocarcinomas. The disease usually grows slowly over many years. Nearly 1 million cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed yearly, making it the fourth most common cancer worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health. In the United States in 2016, about 26,370 cases of gastric cancer were diagnosed, representing 1.6 percent of all new cancer cases, according to Oncolink (www.oncolink.org), the first cancer information Web site maintained by a group of oncology healthcare professionals. According to the American Cancer Society, about 28,000 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 10,960 people will die from it.


There are several suspected risk factors for gastric cancer. Diets with nitrates and nitrites and foods preserved through salting, smoking or pickling are associated with an increased risk of disease. The bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and certain of its subtypes can convert substances in some foods into chemicals that cause mutations in the DNA of the cells in the stomach lining. Long-term infection of the stomach with this germ may lead to inflammation, called chronic atrophic gastritis, and pre-cancerous changes of the inner lining of the stomach. People with stomach cancer have a higher rate of H. pylori infection than other people, although some people with the bacteria never

STOMACH CANCER RATES FALLING WORLDWIDE

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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develop cancer. Gastric cancer can also be caused by an autoimmune reaction, such as pernicious anemia, where the stomach doesn’t produce enough acid. Another possible pre-cancerous change is intestinal metaplasia, where the normal lining of the stomach is replaced with cells that closely resemble the cells that usually line the intestine.


Other risk factors for stomach cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol use (more than four drinks a day) and genes. A genetic link has been found in about 5 percent to 10 percent of cases, according to Oncolink. People with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, familial adenomatous polyposis and Peutz Jeghers syndrome are all predisposed to gastric cancer. It also seems people with blood type A are at increased risk for stomach cancer. There are still many cases with no clear indication of the cancer’s cause.


Demographically, stomach cancer is more common in men. There is a sharp increase in stomach cancer rates in people over age 50 years; most people diagnosed with stomach cancer are between 60-80 years old. Rates of cancer in the main part of the stomach body have been falling worldwide for several