While there is no known exact cause of stomach cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of stomach cancer, including a diet high in salts, smoked food, family history of stomach cancer and etc. Read on to learn more.
Stomach Cancer is also commonly known as Gastric Cancer. It is a cancer that starts in the stomach and occurs when cells in the inner layer of the stomach wall grow and divide uncontrollably. These cells become malignant (cancerous) cells and form in the lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer is the sixth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women.
Often, patients with Stomach Cancer are diagnosed at late stages as early detection of stomach cancer is hampered by the lack of presenting symptoms until the cancer is in the advanced stage.
While there is no known exact cause of stomach cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of stomach cancer. These factors include having:
Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. This is one of the contributing factors to why stomach cancers are so difficult to detect early without screening.
However, as the cancer grows, signs and symptoms may become more prominent and may include any of the following:
Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer. If you are worried, it is best to consult your doctor right away.
Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. This is one of the contributing factors as to why stomach cancers are so difficult to detect early without screening.
Early detection and regular health screening help protect you from stomach cancer as you would be able to start intervention measures as early as possible, where the prospects of treatment are better.
There are blood markers currently in the market that allow for early detection of stomach cancer. If they are high, the patient will need to follow up with a gastroscopy for further investigation.
A series of X rays of the stomach will be taken after the patient has swallowed a glass of barium compound to detect growths.
This will be the gold standard for diagnosing stomach cancer. A thin flexible tube with a small video on the end can be passed down your throat to see the inner lining of your stomach. Abnormal areas are biopsied and removed to check for cancer.
Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders.
It is difficult to tell if you have stomach cancer without screening. While some may experience symptoms, it is important to note that different people experience different symptoms of stomach cancer.
The best way forward is to book an appointment to get yourself screened, and consult a doctor to get professional medical advice.
You can reduce your risk for stomach cancer by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle:
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