Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, begins from a malignant tumor emerging from the lining of the stomach. The stomach is the part of the digestive system where acids and enzymes are produced to break down food before it is passed to the small intestine. When stomach cancer is found and treated in its early stages, it is most often cured, however, because most symptoms are easily ignored as a simple discomfort, stomach cancers are usually not diagnosed until the more advanced stages of the disease.

Stomach Cancer Risks

The exact causes for stomach cancer have yet to be determined. Several risk factors have been identified, however. They include:

  • Male gender
  • African American descent
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • Advanced age

Stomach Cancer Symptoms

In the early stages of stomach cancer, very few symptoms may occur. They may include:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling of stomach bloating after food consumption

If the cancer has already progressed to the more advanced stages, more symptoms may occur such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Blood in the stool
  • Mild anemia resulting in weakness and fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort in the abdomen

If you or a loved has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, our specialists at Mid Florida Cancer Centers are happy to answer any questions you may have and help determine your best stomach cancer treatment option.

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