INCLIVA participates in a conference to raise awareness about gastric cancer

INCLIVA participates in a conference to raise awareness about gastric cancer

The INCLIVA Health Research Institute of the Hospital Clínico de València, has presented the coordinated European project LEGACy in a conference on gastric cancer awareness, organized by the association “Amunt contra el càncer” in Denia on the occasion of the gastric cancer awareness month.

Under the title ‘What can I do to prevent stomach cancer’, the conference addressed the risk factors, prevention and early detection of gastric cancer and offered attendees some tips to improve their habits and health.

Gastric cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related death in the world in both sexes. It affects almost one million people worldwide and, to date, no strategy has improved the prognosis of the disease. In this sense, projects such as LEGACy, which seeks to improve the approach to gastric cancer by applying personalized medicine, are of great importance.

The objectives of this project, funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union, have been presented at this conference by Dr. Tania Fleitas, oncologist of the Hospital Clínico Universitario of Valencia and Joan Rodés researcher in INCLIVA, and Elena Jiménez, manager and collaborator of the project. Both emphasized the importance of knowing the symptoms and warning signs of gastric cancer to diagnose it as early as possible, as the therapeutic options are greater.

The players of the Football Academy of Denia have also joined these days to reflect on what are the right habits to have a healthy lifestyle. Most of them agreed on playing sports, eating a varied and healthy diet and the importance of sleeping well. On the other hand, those that should be avoided are smoking, drinking alcohol, taking ultra-processed food, inadequate personal hygiene and sedentary lifestyle, among others. In order to put into practice some of these healthy habits, several teams participated in the ‘LEGACy gymkhana’ in which they demonstrated, among other things, their skill with the ball. The winning team received LEGACy project T-shirts.