Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, died today at age 79 of stomach cancer. Walt and his brother Roy O. Disney founded the Walt Disney Company. Roy E. grew up at the company, and worked there as a editor, screenwriter, and producer. He also lead two successful shareholders’ revolts against the Disney Co. when he felt that the company’s leadership was not following the right direction.
What is the stomach?
The stomach is a hollow organ in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. It is part of the digestive system. Food moves from the mouth through the esophagus to the stomach. In the stomach, the food becomes liquid. Muscles in the stomach wall push the liquid into the small intestine for absorption of nutrients into the body.
The wall of the stomach has five layers:
What is stomach cancer?
Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, is a malignant tumor in the stomach. It usually begins in cells in the inner layer (mucosa) of the stomach. Over time, the cancer may invade more deeply into the stomach wall. A stomach tumor can grow through the stomach’s outer layer into nearby organs, such as the liver, pancreas, esophagus, or intestine. Ninety to ninety-five percent of malignant stomach cancers are of a type called adenocarcinoma. This means that the tumor originates from the cells which make up the mucosa of the stomach.
What are the risk factors for stomach cancer?
What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?
Early stomach cancer often does not cause symptoms. As the cancer grows, the most common symptoms are:
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