JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
After losing her sister to a rare form of stomach cancer, a Brooke Army Medical Center respiratory therapist found out that she too would likely develop the same type of cancer.
In 2016, Army Staff Sgt. Kelle Brown was stationed at Fort Hood (now Fort Cavazos), Texas, when her sister was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer is a rare inherited condition associated with an increased risk of gastric (stomach) cancer. Her sister passed away just 52 days later.
Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 26,000 Americans are diagnosed with stomach cancer annually and more than 11,000 die from the disease.