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Stomach cancer symptoms

Most patients with early-stage stomach cancer  have no symptoms of the disease. In other cases, stomach cancer patients 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. That’s why it is important that patients considered high risk talk to their doctors about symptoms that may be signs of stomach cancer.

Some common symptoms of cancers that develop in the stomach 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 may 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 vomiting. Sometimes, the vomit contains blood.