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Gastrointestinal cancer is the accepted term for a group of cancers that are contained within the digestive system or intestinal tract. This includes pancreatic, liver, gallbladder, colon, rectal and stomach cancer, in addition to gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).

Risk of gastrointestinal cancer for people who drank asbestos-tainted drinking water were increased by as much as 450%

Some cases of gastrointestinal cancers present no symptoms in early stages.
Go for check-ups regularly!

Both of them could be sick

Once the cancer spreads, some common symptoms may include:

Loss of
Appetite
Nausea and
Vomiting
Constipation or
Diarrhea
Severe
Weight Loss
Abdominal Pain
and Discomfort
Weakness and
Fatigue

While gastrointestinal cancer can also result from genetic factors and westernized diets, exposure to toxic chemicals such as asbestos is not an uncommon cause.

250,000 new cases each year

100,000 deaths each year

The most likely route of exposure for GI disorders due to asbestos is contaminated drinking water.

Colorectal Cancer

133,000

new cases diagnosed each year

$57,091

average amount of medical costs

Gallbladder Cancer

11,000

new cases diagnosed each year

11,000

new cases diagnosed each year

Pancreatic Cancer

49,000

new cases diagnosed each year

$61,700

average amount of medical costs

Liver Cancer

36,000

new cases diagnosed each year

$77,982

average amount of medical costs

Stomach Cancer

24,600

new cases diagnosed each year

$130,759

average amount of medical costs

GIST Cancer

9,400

new cases diagnosed each year

$83,400

average amount of medical costs

Employees who were regularly exposed to high levels of asbestos have an almost double risk of developing gastrointestinal cancer than the general population.

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