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How to Diagnose Stomach Cancer?

How to Diagnose Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer can be very difficult to diagnose because in the early stages, the symptoms can be absent or very mild. The symptoms of stomach cancer may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis. The following are the most common symptoms of stomach cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Potential stomach cancer symptoms may include:

  • Stomach cancer symptoms (gastric cancer) commonly are characterized by abdominal pain and difficulty eating. Patients often suffer from anaemia due to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Patients with stomach cancer symptoms develop a sense of fullness in their stomach even when they have not eaten much.
  • Stomach cancer symptoms can include a dull or gnawing pain in the middle of the abdomen (epigastrium).
  • Difficulty swallowing because of a tumor involving the upper part of your stomach, near the esophagus.
  • Other stomach cancer symptoms include an abdominal mass, abdominal swelling, pain and fullness in the right upper abdomen.
  • Stomach cancer symptoms can also include fatigue, weight loss, or dark stools. Patients with a history of gastritis or a stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer) may be at a risk.

If you experience any of the above stomach cancer symptoms it is advised that you see your healthcare provider for a more thorough check so the proper diagnose and treatment can be apply.

Summary of stomach / gastric cancer symptoms :

  • Indigestion and stomach discomfort.
  • Moderate to severe pain in the stomach.
  • Mild upper abdominal discomfort associated with nausea and loss of appetite.
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen, just below the chest bone after eating a small meal. Doctors call this early satiety.
  • Heartburn, indigestion, or ulcer-type symptoms
  • Blood in the stool.
  • Weakness and fatigue.
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Unintended weith loss.
  • Nausea
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Severe nausea and vomiting – A late symptom caused by blockage of the stomach drainage by the enlarging cancer
  • Swelling of the abdomen due to accumulation of fluid and cancer cells.


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