One of the world’s most popular drugs has been making headlines over the past couple of years, but not for a good reason. Leading heartburn drug Zantac has recently been linked to the development of several types of cancer, with the FDA issuing a recall for the medication and all others containing ranitidine. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with stomach cancer after taking Zantac, you could have grounds for a Zantac stomach cancer lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug.
Our defective drug lawyers are currently offering free consultations to anyone who regularly used Zantac and has been diagnosed with cancer.
Symptoms of Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer is very difficult to detect in the early stages, as symptoms usually don’t appear until the cancer has started to progress. Common symptoms of stomach cancer include:
- Lack of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain in the abdominal area
- A feeling of vague discomfort in the abdomen
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Feeling full in the upper abdomen after a small meal
- Blood in the stool
- Low red blood cell count (aka anemia)
If you’ve noticed that you have symptoms of stomach cancer, we highly recommend calling a doctor as soon as possible.
What are the Risk Factors for Stomach Cancer?
Risk factors do not usually directly cause cancer, but can influence the development of cancer. Sometimes, people with several risk factors are never diagnosed with cancer, while it’s also common for people with no risk factors to develop the disease.
Some possible risk factors for stomach cancer include:
- Age – Stomach cancer is most common in people over 55 years old. Most stomach cancer diagnoses are for people in their 60s and 70s.
- Bacteria – A bacterium called H. pylori can cause stomach inflammation and ulcers, as well as stomach cancer.
- Diet – Diets that are high in salt have been linked to an increased risk for stomach cancer.
- Family history and genetics – You may be at a higher risk for stomach cancer if you have a parent, child, or sibling who has had stomach cancer.
- Gender – Men are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with stomach cancer.
- Obesity – Obese men are more likely to develop stomach cancer, but there has not been a link established between stomach cancer and obesity in women.
- Occupational exposure – You may have a higher risk of stomach cancer if you’ve been exposed to certain types of dust and fumes.
- Previous surgeries and health conditions – Past stomach surgeries and health conditions like anemia increase the risk of stomach cancer.
- Tobacco and alcohol use – Smoking and excessive drinking may increase the risk of stomach cancer.
New developments have also revealed that longterm Zantac use could also lead to an increased risk of developing stomach cancer.