- Stomach cancer occurs when an abnormal growth of cells develops in the stomach.
- Catching stomach cancer in the early stages can be a challenge because the symptoms can resemble other conditions or can be so mild that they’re even ignored.
- If you have any of these symptoms and there is no known cause, or if the symptoms are getting worse, it’s time to see a doctor.
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is one of the most frightening forms of cancer. This type of cancer typically emerges in the mucus-producing cells that line the stomach (called adenocarcinoma). The Mayo Clinic explains that stomach cancer often begins as a malignant tumor that can spread or metastasize to other areas of the body.
Thankfully, the number of stomach cancer cases, particularly the kind that develops in the main part of the stomach, has been steadily declining in the U.S. each year. On the other hand, cancer in the top part of the stomach (cardia), where the stomach meets the esophagus, has become more common. This is why it’s important to get informed. Here are the most common signs and symptoms of stomach cancer…
One of the reasons stomach cancer can be so dangerous is that it’s often confused with fairly typical (and relatively harmless) stomach problems, such as run-of-the-mill nausea. Because we often associate an upset stomach with the foods we eat, it can be easy to miss stomach cancer in its early and even intermediate stages.
If you experience an upset stomach for an extended period of time, don’t just assume that it’s related to your diet. Talk to your doctor about the issue and ask him or her about tests for stomach cancer.