A blood test that looks for antibodies to H. pylori can also

 less useful as a positive result can mean either that you are infected with H. pylori or that you had an infection in the past that i

s now cleared. All of these tests, together with H. pylori treatment, are available at the Digestive D

isease Center at Beijing United Family Hospitals.

Second, stop smoking. We all know that smoking is bad for us! Smokers have a two-fold incre

ased risk of developing stomach cancer and stopping smoking reduces the risk of stomach cancer over tim

e. Smoking also increases the risk for many other types of cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease and stroke.

Third, lose weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of stomach ca

ncer. On the other hand, being physically active can help lower your risk. Obe

sity also increases the risk for many other types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The American Cancer Society recomm

ends people to stay at a healthy weight throughout their lives by balancing calorie intake with physical activity.

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