Dear Anonymous, it is advised that you visit your doctor for a
definite diagnosis. Remember that early diagnosis results in early treatment
and an improved outcome.
Stomach cancer, also called gastric
cancer, is a cancer that starts in the stomach. It occurs when cells in the
stomach change and start to grow quickly and in uncontrolled fashion. It can
then form a tumour. A malignant tumour is also known as cancer.
Stomach cancer should not be confused with other
cancers that can occur in the abdomen, like cancer of the colon (large
intestine), liver, pancreas, or small intestine because these cancers may have
different symptoms, different outlooks, and different treatments.
tend to develop slowly over many years. Before a true cancer develops,
pre-cancerous changes often occur in the inner lining (mucosa) of the stomach.
These early changes rarely cause symptoms and often go undetected.
Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include:
feeling after eating
full after eating little
and stomach discomfort
which may be mild
of food getting stuck in the throat with eating
particularly vomiting up of solid food shortly after eating
In cases of more advanced cancer, a patient may
in the upper or middle part of the abdomen
in the stool (which appears as black, tarry stools)
or vomiting blood
- Presence of blood in the stools
- Black, tarry stools (due to presence of
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain or bloating in the stomach after
- Weakness or fatigue associated with mild
anaemia (a deficiency in red blood cells)
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