Warning Signs Of Stomach Cancer: 8 Early Symptoms You Should NOT Ignore

Stomach cancer is not a common type of cancer yet most painful. Studies suggest that 1 out of 111 adults, develops the stomach cancer in their lifetime. Men are seen more common victim of Stomach Cancer as comparison to woman. The risk of disease gets high with the age of people which often seen after 55. One of the most common symptom of Stomach Cancer is unbearable stomach ache. Although every stomach ache is not cancer. This tumor grows in your stomach in abnormal or uncontrolled way.

Many times, doctors discover that in the early stages, it do not reflect any symptoms and resultant it is hard to detect at the early stage. But if it do not detected at the early stages, tumor can spread to other parts of your body as well including your liver.

Hence, with the help of this article we are bringing into your knowledge the 10 early stages signs and symptoms of stomach cancer. However, these symptoms can also be the sign of stomach infection or ulcer, not necessarily it results into cancer. But cheackup is essential to determine the correct condition.

1.Persistent Indigestion

Many of the times, we suffer from indigestion. Often it does not seems to be something serious, usually we treat it ourself. Unbearable heartburn, bloating, sickness, bleaching, farting are also the symptoms of indigestion. Stomach ache or back pain can be the symptoms of constipation not indigestion. If regular medicines are not proven helpful in curing indigestion you should consult your doctor.

2.Bloating

Your stomach may feel full and tight, says Dr. Joyce.

“Stomach cancer can make the wall of your stomach very rigid and reduce its capacity to store food,” she notes. “In cases where the stomach cancer spreads to the lining of the abdomen, it can cause an accumulation of fluid within your abdominal cavity.”

It can lead to excessive bloating to the point where you might look like you’re nine months pregnant.

3.Heartburn

Who hasn’t experienced heartburn, especially after a night of eating hot wings and pizza?

Heartburn, a burning pain in your upper chest and throat, is common, says Dr. Joyce, and isn’t usually something to be worried about.

But if you have prolonged heartburn that doesn’t go away with antacids or other medications, there may be cause for concern.

“If there’s a large cancer growth at the stomach’s exit point, fluid can accumulate and the path of least resistance can be back up the food pipe/esophagus,” says Dr. Joyce.

4.Loss of Appetite

It’s not uncommon to lose your appetite for a day or two, but if you don’t feel like eating for more than a few days, see your healthcare provider. Although stomach cancer is one of many conditions that can cause a loss of appetite, the persistent loss of appetite should raise concerns.

In addition, people with stomach cancer may also experience early satiation, in which you feel full after eating only a few bites.1

Cancer can change the body’s metabolism and increase the production of inflammatory cytokines (proteins that act as messengers between cells). These changes can affect the chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, that influence appetite. If the tumor grows, it can also reduce the functional size of the stomach, making you feel prematurely full.5

5.Unexpected Weight Loss

The persistence of these symptoms can lead to unintentional extreme weight loss, a condition referred to as cachexia. This kind of weight loss is common in people with advanced cancer.5

Call your healthcare provider if you have lost more than 5% of your normal body weight during six months or less and haven’t been dieting or exercising.3 Unintentional weight loss is a key symptom of advanced cancer.

6. Bleeding in stool

Bleeding stool and persistent changes in the digestive system is also a major sign of stomach cancer. It is due to the thickening lumps in the inner and outer layer of the abdomen that is affecting the intestine and causing blood while stool passing.

If you notice this symptom that stays for a long time or returns again and again you must visit your doctor and after doing some tests the disease can be revealed and treated on time. 

7. Excess Tiredness:

You will certainly feel serious tiredness and lack of energy. During stomach cancer, you may lose red blood cells and your body is fighting with bacteria and you can become anemic.

Slowly you feel fatigued and stressed. You can’t concentrate on your work and the domestic chores that you do easily and never ignore these symptoms and quickly ask an expert.    

8. Swollen abdomen 

It’s not unusual to feel bloated after you eat a big meal. But there’s a difference between bloating and distension, an actual increase in measured abdominal size. “Do you literally see your belly puffing out? Is it bigger in circumference?” Spiegel asks. If the answer is yes — and the symptom persists after you’ve had plenty of time to digest a meal — it can be a sign that excess fluid or gas is forming in small intestines as the result of an obstruction, inflammation, bacterial overgrowth or a gastrointestinal disease.