It is good to know about the warning signs of stomach cancer as the stomach cancer may go undetected for years.
Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer and it affects the lining of the stomach before it spreads to other regions of the body.
Changes in the stomach lining occur when it is infected by bacteria known as Helicobacter Pylori, which is the major risk factor for the disease.
Most of the people do not show symptoms of stomach cancer so, it is crucial to know the symptoms before the disease advances.
Let us see about the early warning signs of stomach cancer
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Discomfort in the abdomen, usually above the novel
- Sense of fullness in the upper abdomen after having a small meal
- Indigestion or heart burn
- Vomiting with or without blood
- Swelling or fluid buildup in the abdomen
- Blood in the stools
- Low RBC count
- Frequent burping
Most of the symptoms may be similar to ulcer or stomach virus also. But it is worth getting it checked if most of the above signs persist.
As per the experts, most of the symptoms of stomach cancer do not appear until the disease is in advanced stage. If you face any of the above problems, you must consult a doctor as treating the disease early is important to keep your body in healthy condition.
The exact cause of the disease is yet to be found, smoking, obesity, exposure to industrial chemical and high salt intake may contribute to the development of disease.