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Stomach Cancer Symptoms: What You Need To Know

Stomach Cancer, also known as Gastric Cancer, affects the cells of the stomach which is a part of the digestive system. The stomach processes the foods that are eaten and helps deliver waste material out of the human body.

Are there any risk factors that increase the chances for stomach cancer?

There are certain risk factors that increase the possibility of developing stomach cancer. The most significant risk factors are:

- Infection of the stomach by bacteria
- Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)
- Age. Elder people are more vulnerable
- Gender. Males are more vulnerable
- Diet. Salted, smoked or preserved foods. Diet low in fruits and vegetables increase the danger.
- Smoking. Cigarettes and smoking can cause various types of cancer including stomach cancer.
- Gastric Polyps. A common stomach disease.
- A mother, father who has had stomach cancer.

But what are the most importand Stomach Cancer Symptoms that one should pay attention to?

In the early stages of stomach cancer, the following symptoms may occur:

- Indigestion
- Stomach Discomfort
- Mild Nausea
- Loss of Appetite
- Heartburn

The above symptoms may be the result not only of stomach cancer but of various health conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the above symptoms are identified.

What about the advanced stages of the disease? Are there any other significant stomach cancer symptoms?

In more advanced stages of stomach cancer the following symptoms may occur:

- Blood in the stool
- Vomiting
- Weight Loss
- Stomach Pain
- Yellowing of eyes and skin
- Trouble with swallowing

Are there any tests that can identify stomach cancer in the early stages?

There are tests that examine the stomach and the esophagus. The tests detect and diagnose the gastric cancer. Prevention is your single most importand ally when fighting with stomach problems and even stomach cancer and its symptoms.

Detailed information about stomach cancer symptoms can be found in the US National Cancer Institute ( http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/stomach/ ).

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