Stomach cancer or gastric cancer can rise from any part of the stomach. This is a disease bearing malignant tumours in the lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer is one of the most common causes of death from cancer and generally triggered by poor diet, Helicobacter pylori infection or both working together.
Thus, more frequent in developing nations than the western world. In early stages, often the symptoms are not so prominent or not so specific and this is the reason why the patients are often seen to ignore the vague sign which ultimately drags them to the advanced stage.
Symptoms Of Stomach Cancer
This is the most common indication of the beginning which generally gives impetus to the patients to look for medical assistance. Pain occurs mostly in the upper abdomen.
Persistent Stomach Upset or Bowel Changes
About 1 in every 50 people having stomach cancer, reports to have indigestion and burping at the first stage of check up. Constipation, diarrhea, blood in the stools, gas, thinner stools and also the change in bowel habits also indicates the sign of stomach cancer in women. With the advancement of the disease the situation may get worse and there is a possiblity of developing fluid in the abdomen as a lump. This is known as ascites.
Continuous Nausea and Vomiting
Though they are very usual symptoms, continual problems can lead to the damage to the lining of one’s esophagus. Thus better to consult a doctor at an early period.
Lack of appetite and Weight loss
Feeling up full sooner than usual and thus fewer intakes of food and finally losing weight is another early stage syndrome. However, as in case of many other sicknesses, loss of appetite is very common in stomach cancer also.
But though it is an early stage symptom, something serious could happen, thus should not be ignored and must be brought to doctor’s attention as soon as possible. It is a well known fact that a woman’s weight may keep fluctuating, but anything more than 10 pounds of loss is alarming.
Abdominal Swelling and Bloating
This is again one of the most common sign of stomach cancer though often ignored by the women.
Bleeding and Blood clots
Every early stage stomach cancer can cause bleeding into the stomach which can make someone anaemic. This in turn makes one pale, breathless and tired.
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Heavy periods, bleeding between periods can also accompany to make the condition more serious. In advanced stage blood can be found even with vomiting. Besides, people having this kind of cancer are also more prone to blood clots.
Heartburn, Anorexia, Asthenia, difficulty in swallowing or excessive belching while eating, bloated feeling after having meal etc are some of the other important indications of cancer development in stomach which need to have an urgent call for a doctoral check up.
The symptoms of stomach cancer rarely get rapid as well as proper attention which causes further delay in making the diagnosis and can lead to the spread of the cancer to the liver or even to lymph nodes. However, it’s always better to be safe. So listen carefully to your bodies and don’t just ignore any kind of abnormalities be it even small.