Stomach Cancer Symptoms And Signs

STOMACH CANCER SYMPTOMS in women and men can vary widely from one person to another and early warning features may not be present in the earlier stages. Because of this, it is often 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 finding these tumors as we all know that early detection improves outcomes.

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Early Stomach Cancer Symptoms

Early features are very non-specific. I have already mentioned that indigestion is a common symptom. Non-specific symptoms upper abdominal discomfort, hiccups, burping, nausea, feeling more 'unwell',  feeling more tired than usual or concern that something is 'just not right' might be all that you experience.

Of course, you may not feel unwell at all and without early detection it may go unnoticed for quite some time. If you are displaying any of these stomach cancer symptoms, please go to your doctor for a check up - I can't overemphasise this point! 

Advanced or Progressing Signs of Disease

As the disease progresses, the warning signs of stomach cancer become more obvious. Malnutrition can be an issue, particularly if there is a swallowing problem, feeling full or not digesting your food properly.

Bleeding can occur from an ulcerated stomach cancer and you may notice black bowel motions as a consequence. 

Jaundice can develop, particularly with liver metastases (Liver metastases are tumor deposits or secondary tumors in liver) or if the lymph glands are involved around the bile drainage tubes known as the bile duct. 

Abdominal pain might become more of an issue, although not everyone experiences this problem.

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 or fluid build up in the abdomen can occur, causing distension, bloating and discomfort. There are many other reasons for fluid build up so this problem alone isn't diagnostic, but is only seen in the later stages of stomach cancer.

As a gastroenterologist, whenever I see someone displaying these findings, it is usually fairly obvious 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 stomach cancer symptoms.

If you would like more details about these problems you can download an information sheet here about this.

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Why Do You Get It?

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 cancer formation. Some people are at increased risk of developing stomach cancer and you can read more about this here

Whatever the cause, for those who have stomach cancer symptoms the issue is how to manage these and it can be quite challenging to do so sometimes. You can read more about this in the treatment section.  You might also like to look at the how you get stomach cancer page and the conditions that can mimic stomach cancer page too to gain a better understanding of stomach cancer symptoms. 

Other Pages That You May Find Interesting:

Awaiting The Diagnosis

Stomach Cancer Or An Ulcer?

Pernicious Anaemia Connection

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