Thursday, 16 August 2007

Stomach cancer to fall 25% in a decade

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According to a new study from the Netherlands, new cases of stomach cancer are expected to drop off by as much as 25% in the next decade in Europe. The reason? Better living conditions.

Stomach cancer is one of the most fast-acting and deadly forms of cancer, and it's thought that one's odd of stomach cancer are increased when they contract the Helicobacter pylori bacterium. The Helicobacter pylori bacterium is passed on between people sharing small spaces, and I think the indication here is that new housing in Holland, where living spaces are notoriously cramped, is allowing people more space and they're therefore passing on less illnesses. That having a bit of space could make such a vast difference on stomach cancer is pretty amazing. I am glad I live in a land of seemingly endless space.

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