Cancer starts when cells grow out of control causing the crowd out of normal cells. This makes it hard for the body to work the way it should. Cancer can start any place in the body.
There are many types of cancer. Cancer can start in the lungs, the breast, the colon, the stomach or even in the blood. Cancers are alike in some ways, but they are different in the ways they grow and spread.
Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, starts in the stomach. Stomach cancers tend to develop slowly over many years. Cancers starting in different sections of the stomach may cause different symptoms and tend to have different outcomes.
Persons will experience the following symptoms in the early stages of stomach cancer:
- A sensation of being very full during meals
- Swallowing difficulties
- Feeling bloated after meals
- Frequent burping
- Indigestion that does not resolve
- Stomach ache
- Pain in the breastbone
- Trapped wind
- Vomiting, which may contain blood
The symptoms experienced in the early stages of stomach cancer are very similar to those of other, less serious conditions. However, anyone with an increased risk for stomach cancer who experiences swallowing difficulties should seek prompt medical treatment.
As stomach cancer becomes more advanced, some people might experience the following symptoms:
- a buildup of fluid in the stomach, which may cause the stomach to feel lumpy to the touch
- black stools that contain blood
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
Treatment for stomach cancer depends on several factors, including the severity of cancer and the individual’s overall health and preferences. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, medications, and taking part in clinical trials.
Your exact treatment plan will depend on the origin and stage of cancer. Age and overall health can also play a role. Aside from treating cancer cells in the stomach, the goal of treatment is to prevent the cells from spreading. Stomach cancer, when left untreated, may spread to the lungs, lymph nodes, bones and liver.
you can lower your risk of developing all cancers by:
- maintaining a healthy weight
- eating a balanced, low-fat diet
- quit smoking
- exercising regularly
You may want to consider getting a screening test if you believe you’re at risk for developing stomach cancer. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms caused by stomach cancer, make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will likely investigate more common causes of these signs and symptoms first.
Remember your health…Is your responsibility!