Stomach cancer kills nearly 5000 people every year

  • Each year in the UK around 7,500 new cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed and almost 5,000 people die from the disease.
  • Cutting salt intake to six grams a day could prevent 1,050 of these cases, according to the WCRF.
  • Excess salt is also linked to high blood pressure, the main cause of strokes and a significant cause of heart disease, as well as osteoporosis and kidney disease.

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Salt 'stomach cancer risk'

Too much salt is believed to promote cancer by damaging the stomach lining, a new report has found. Better "traffic light" food labelling is needed to reduce the number of stomach cancers linked to salt, experts have added.