Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) lives in around 50 per cent of humans. The bacteria is classified as a class 1 carcinogen in Australia, meaning it has been proven to cause cancer.
Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren received the Nobel Prize in 2005 for discovering the common ulcer-causing bacteria that exists in the human stomach.
"Everybody with Helicobacter does have inflammation or some irritation in the lining of the stomach and because it lasts your whole life it gradually builds up," he said.
Professor Marshall said “This means Helicobacter needs to be treated in people, even if they do not feel unwell”
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This highlights the critical importance of regular gastrointestinal testing via your doctor or a gastroenterologist.
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