Stomach cancer is caused by a growth of cancerous cells within the lining of the stomach. It is also called gastric cancer and is difficult to diagnose because most people do not show the symptoms in the earlier stages.

Risk Factors

  • Diet high in salty and smoked food
  • Inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Hereditary or family history of stomach cancer
  • Smoking
  • Stomach Polyps

Symptoms

  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Blood in stools
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Stomach pain which becomes worse after the meals
  • Regular bloating of stomach

Diagnosis

  • Physical examination and checking the medical history
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Biopsy

Treatment

  • Surgery
  • Total or subtotal gastrectomy
  • Chemoradiation or chemo

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