When cells in the body begin to grow out of control, cancer starts. Any cells can become cancerous, and this cancer can easily spread to other parts of the body. Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that grows in the multiple areas of the stomach.
This type of cancer typically grows at a slower rate than other forms of cancer, and its symptoms in the early stages can often be overlooked, due to their lack of initial severity. When cancer grows in different areas of the stomach, it can produce completely different symptoms. Let’s take a look at a few of those symptoms to better understand this disease.
1. PAIN IN THE UPPER ABDOMEN
Unfortunately, stomach pain does not always show a lot of symptoms in its earliest stages. Therefore, it is not diagnosed until it is often much later in its progression, making treatment more difficult. One of the symptoms of stomach cancer can be abdominal pain and multiple levels of discomfort often present right above the navel.
2. Upset stomach.
One of the reasons stomach cancer can be so dangerous: it’s often confused with fairly typical (and relatively harmless) stomach problems, such as run-of-the-mill nausea. Because we often associate upset stomach with the foods we eat, it can be easy to miss stomach cancer in its early and even intermediate stages.
3.Feeling sick in general.
A person suffering from stomach cancer may find that they are becoming ill more and more often. While the immune system is attempting to fight away the cancerous cells, it leaves the body susceptible to other illnesses, includes less serious conditions like the common cold or the stomach flu. If you find that you are becoming sick more often than normal, along with any of the other symptoms of stomach cancer, then an appointment should be made as soon as possible.
In our image-obsessed society, we typically see weight loss as a step in the right direction when it comes to health. But it can actually be a sign that a major health problem, such as stomach cancer, is beginning to emerge. In fact, one of the major symptoms of the onset of stomach cancer is unexplained weight loss.
5. Loss of appetite.
Often, patients suffering from stomach cancer will experience a loss of appetite. Due to the gastrointestinal implications of this condition, it is very typical that it will leave the individual without a real desire to eat, often not experiencing what feels like real hunger for several days at a time. Of course, people may go a few days without feeling like eating without any serious condition behind it all, but it can also be a sign of something more.