There are several symptoms of stomach cancer but these symptoms are also experienced when folk have other, less serious conditions such as gastritis and peptic ulcers.
According to the main medical websites, early stomach cancer symptoms may include:
The symptoms of peptic ulcers and H pylori infection are basically the same as those listed above. Likewise, the symptoms of other chronic digestive infections, gluten sensitivity and food allergies can mimic stomach cancer symptoms. Interestingly:
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Stomach Cancer “Alarm” Symptoms
Doctors will specifically suspect stomach cancer is you experience difficult swallowing and/or have indigestion in combination with one or more of the following:
These symptoms are considered to be even more important in people who are over 55. Other factors considered important when considering stomach cancer symptoms include:
Advanced Stomach Cancer Symptoms
The symptoms of more advanced stomach cancer may include:
Again, some of these stomach cancer symptoms tend to be quite common in the population and may not necessarily indicate stomach cancer.
Atrophic gastritis is a common disorder in people aged over 60. The stomach lining is gradually worn away, or degraded, by chronic infections such as H pylori as well as other factors.
Atrophic gastritis is known to be a risk factor for stomach cancer and can be identified through endoscopy.
It is important to get any possible symptoms of stomach cancer checked out as soon as possible – only a medical doctor or gastro specialist can diagnose stomach cancer.
Remember that H pylori infection is a major risk factor for stomach cancer. This is one of the reasons why it must be tested if you have persistent digestive symptoms and why it must be treated if it is detected.
As always, I hope you found this article helpful.