Stomach Cancer Symptoms & Signs
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Symptoms of Cancer in the Stomach
What are the symptoms of stomach cancer? Gastroenterologist Dr. Leon Yoder identifies them in this video.
What Are the Symptoms of Stomach Cancer?
Most patients with early stage stomach cancers have no symptoms of the disease. In other cases, a person with stomach cancer may mistake their symptoms for a common stomach virus.
When the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer are not apparent, the disease may reach advanced stages before a diagnosis is made. For this reason, it is important for anyone considered to be at high risk to talk to their doctors about symptoms that may be signs of stomach cancer.
Some common stomach cancer symptoms may include:
- Unexplained Weight Loss - Lack of appetite or unexplained weight loss is a common sign of cancer.
- Stomach Pain - Abdominal discomfort or pain in the abdomen above the navel could be a symptom of stomach cancer. Also, swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen may also be caused by stomach cancer.
- Feeling Full - Many stomach cancer patients experience a sense of "fullness" in the upper abdomen after eating small meals.
- Heartburn - Indigestion, heartburn or symptoms similar to an ulcer may be signs of stomach cancer.
- Nausea & Vomiting - Some stomach cancer patients have symptoms that include nausea and throwing up. Sometimes the vomit may have blood in it.
Most of these potential stomach cancer symptoms are likely caused by other conditions and may also occur with other types of cancer. It is best to consult a medical professional if these symptoms persist or if you have any known stomach cancer risk factors.
When to Make an Appointment
Continued weight loss and certain types of pain may be signs of other cancers or conditions. It is best to talk with your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of stomach cancer and to find out if you are at risk for this disease. Your symptoms could be the result of a stomach virus or a less serious condition. It is better to contact your doctor rather than assume persistent symptoms will go away on their own.
NOTE: These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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