Incidence of early-onset gastric cancer that is clinically and genetically distinct from late-onset disease has increased steadily in the United States, an “alarming phenomenon” that warrants further research, according to a study published in Surgery.

“There is an increasing trend of young patients diagnosed with gastric cancer, but without any of the traditional risk factors of gastric cancer. We wanted to find out why we are seeing this and what we might be able to do about it,” Travis E. Grotz, MD, surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Healio.

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