This type of cancer is about one- fourth as common as it was 70 years ago. In the United States, every year over 24.000 new cases are diagnosed.

If this disease is caught early, the five-year survival rate is 90%. But symptoms rarely occur, until the disease spreads throughout the stomach and the surrounding organs.

Stomach Cancer Symptoms

Stomach Cancer Symptoms

At this advanced stage of the disease, the cancer is not treatable, and the five-year survival rate is 3%.

The million dollar question is: how can you stop this silent killer before it strikes you?

Today in this article we will help you to arm yourself with knowledge, by learning the warning signs and the risk factors of stomach cancer. This form of cancer is hard to be detected, because when the symptoms will occur, lots of people are ignoring them.

These are some of the symptoms that can indicate stomach cancer according to the American Cancer Society.

  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Pain and discomfort in the abdomen
  • Bloating of the stomach after meals
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Bleeding
  • Loss of appetite

Here are some of the most common factors that can increase the risk of developing stomach cancer

  • Age > 55 years
  • Gender ( male are 2/3 more likely than female)
  • Diet high in foods that are pickled, salted or smoked
  • Alcohol and smoking abuse
  • Previous stomach surgery
  • Family history
  • Presence of helicobacter pylori

Note: be very careful if you suffer from some of the warning signs of stomach cancer that are mentioned above. Talk to a doctor if you are worried about the risk of developing stomach cancer.

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If it is needed your doctor may refer you to a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. We really hope that you find this article helpful.