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What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer is a disease affecting thousands of men and women around the world. It can be deadly, as it can easily and very quickly spread to other areas of the body, especially if you are not treated in time. There are a number of signs and symptoms of stomach cancer. While most of the time these signs and symptoms are merely other problems, it is necessary that you address the problem and rule out cancer. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry, especially when talking about something as serious as cancer.

Stomach Cancer Symptoms

Here are some of the symptoms of stomach cancer:

-       Pain in the abdomen
-       Loss of appetite
-       Blood in the stool
-       Persistent nausea and vomiting
-       Changes in bowel movements
-       Bloating
-       Loss of weight when you are not trying to lose weight
-       Pain

These are just some of the sign and symptoms of stomach cancer but remember it is not always cancer that can cause these problems. Many different conditions are possible.

When to visit the Doctor

If you are concerned that stomach cancer could be affecting you then it is imperative that you make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Again, it may not be stomach cancer but this is really not a risk that you want to take. The doctor can perform several tests to determine if you have stomach cancer or some other type of condition causing your problems. If you are bothered with the signs and symptoms listed above, it is recommended that you make an appointment to see a doctor.

If you have the symptoms of stomach cancer, the doctor will perform a series of tests to determine your condition. This can include an endoscopy and a biopsy if it is determined that you have cancer. There are also PET scans, CT scan, MRIs, and other tests that can be used to determine if you have stomach cancer.

Make that Appointment

The sooner you see the doctor, the sooner that treatment can begin. It is possible that seeing the doctor quickly can save your life, so do not wait to make an appointment. Cancer is a serious matter and must be addressed immediately.

What Is Stomach Cancer?

What is Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer is actually a type of cancer that affects the stomach, much like what it seems that it would be.  Your stomach is actually a muscular sac that is found in your abdomen underneath your ribs.  It is where your food is stored until it is ready to be digested.  Stomach cancer can also be called gastric cancer. 

Types of Stomach Cancer

There are a few different types of stomach cancer, but the most common one is Adenocarcinoma.  This is where your cancer starts in the lining of the stomach, rather than consuming the entire stomach.  Stomach cancer is not really that common, at least not in the United States, but it is more common around the world- especially in the Asian countries. 

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

There are a few different signs and symptoms that you may want to be aware of.  Most people will usually feel fatigued or bloated, and may experience heartburn, indigestion, nausea and pain.  It may also lead to vomiting and weight loss.  The problem is, these are also symptoms of many other conditions, so it will require tests to make sure that is what it is. 

Treatment Options

There are a few different treatment options when it comes to stomach cancer.  Perhaps the most common treatments include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation but that will depend upon what stage your cancer is diagnosed.  Your doctor can talk to you about what is right for you.  Also, consider asking your doctor how many cases of stomach cancer he/she treats each year.  If you can count them on one hand, you may want to travel to a larger cancer center that sees more cases of stomach cancer a year.

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