Stomach Cancer: A Silent Killer – Most Common Symptoms (Don’t Ignore Them)

 Although stomach cancer is about quarter as usual as it was 70 years ago, there are now 24,000 new cases that are diagnosed every year in the United States. If it’s caught early, the 5-year survival rate is 90%, yet, unfortunately, the symptoms rarely occur until the disease spreads through the stomach and to the other organs. When it comes in this advanced stage, the cancer cannot be treated anymore, and the 5-year survival rate is only 3%.

So, how can you stop this silent killer before it strikes you? We might help you with that problem – you have to arm yourself with knowledge by learning all the possible risk factors and the warning signs of the stomach cancer. This type of cancer could be hard to detect due to the fact that when the symptoms finally do occur, very often they are so mild that the person ignores them. So, according to the American Cancer Society, these are the symptoms that could indicate stomach cancer:

  • discomfort or pain in the abdomen
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • vomiting and nausea
  • bloating of the stomach after meals
  • fatigue and weakness
  • bleeding (having blood in the stool or vomiting blood)
  • loss of appetite

Are You at Risk?  The most common factors that could increase the risk for developing stomach cancer are the following:

  • age (over 55 years)
  • gender (males are 2/3 more likely than women)
  • diet high in foods that are salted, dried, smoked, or pickled
  • family history
  • alcohol abuse and smoking
  • presence in stomach of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, that may cause ulcers
  • previous stomach surgery

Note: you have to be careful and in case you suffer from any of these warning signs of stomach cancer or are worried about your risk, you have talk to your doctor. He or she possibly will refer you to a gastroenterologist (specialist in digestive disorders) for any further evaluation.

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