The signs of stomach cancer in adults vary widely from one person to another and early warning features may not be present in the earlier stages.
Because of this, it is difficult to pick up tumors in the earlier stages of the disease.
As you will see, one of the common symptoms is indigestion which we all experience at some point in our daily lives.
It is with this in mind that doctors, both now and in the future need to develop better means of detection as we all know that early detection improves outcomes.
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Early features in humans are very non-specific. One common symptom is indigestion. You can read my thoughts on the question, is indigestion a sign of stomach cancer?
You may feel just generally unwell; more tired than usual or feel something is just not right. Fatigue is a common issue.
Of course, you may not feel unwell at all and without some form of early detection or screening process, you are susceptible to presenting later on in the disease process.
These are symptoms we experience in our daily lives and clearly we can’t all have tests when we suffer these!
However, if you are displaying any of these symptoms, please go to your doctor for a check up - I can't overemphasise this point!
Bleeding can occur and you can have a black bowel motions as a consequence.
Jaundice can develop, particularly with liver metastases.
Abdominal pain might become an issues, although some people experience very little in the way of pain symptoms.
Chest pain can occur together because of blood clots to the lung, pneumonia, pathological fractures of the ribs and the tumor itself.
Bruising can occur for a variety of reasons too.
Ascites in stomach cancer can occur. This is where fluid builds up in your abdomen and can cause distension.
As a gastroenterologist, whenever I see someone displaying these findings, it is usually evident that the disease is advanced and frustratingly this is an all too common scenario.
For those of you who have read my about me section, you will know that my own father presented in the later stages of the disease and displayed many of these symptoms.
If you would like more details including a patient information sheet please go to the information page.
There may be a very simple, non-malignant illness that can be dealt with easily.
Even if it turns out to be a tumor, at least you can get the help you need and at the earliest possible time.
There is no one answer to the question 'what causes tumors?'.
It is almost certainly multifactorial rather than one individual cause. The most likely explanation is a series of unfortunate events that then triggers tumor formation.
Certain people are at increased risk and you can read more about the causes here.
Whatever the cause, for those who have signs of stomach cancer the issue is how to deal with it and the consequences which I will tackle for you on this site.
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