Risk factors for gastric intestinal metaplasia identified

Non-endoscopic factors like older age, male sex and smoking status are all independently associated with increased risk for gastric intestinal metaplasia, according to study results.
“Gastric intestinal metaplasia is thought to be an important precancerous change that precedes non-cardia gastric cancer,” Mimi C. Tan, MD, MPH, of the section of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “Evaluating risk factors for gastric intestinal metaplasia may provide information on early events in the carcinogenic pathway for non-cardia gastric

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