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Stomach and esophageal cancer
Your esophagus and stomach
When you swallow food, it goes down the esophagus and enters the stomach, where digestion occurs.
Stomach cancer – also called gastric cancer – is common in some parts of the world. But if you live in the United States, your chance of getting stomach cancer is roughly 1 in 100.