Stomach – One of the major internal digestive organs in our body, is also prone to developing Cancer. Stomach cancer or abdominal cancer results from the abnormal and malignant growth of cells lining the stomach.
According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 723,000 global cancer-related deaths are caused by stomach cancer alone, each year. It is also the 5th most common cancer worldwide. The question now arises as to why it is such a huge number. It is because stomach cancer is usually not found at an early stage & doesn’t often show specific symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may be vague and can’t be detected on time.
Though stomach cancer can be hard to diagnose & treat, it’s important to get the required knowledge to beat the disease. And in order to beat it, we need to know the symptoms first.
Few common symptoms of stomach cancer are:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
- Frequent burping
- Feeling full
- Swallowing difficulties
- Trapped wind
Most of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by conditions other than cancer, such as a stomach virus or an ulcer. They may also occur due to other types of cancer. But people facing any of these problems, especially if they don’t go away or get worse, should seek expert advice immediately, so the cause can be found and treated.
Experts are yet to ascertain the exact cause of stomach cancer; hence there are no vaccines against it. However, there’s always a way to prevent the risk of such diseases with just a few simple & healthy steps:
- Fruit and vegetables – People who eat plenty of fruit and vegetables are usually less likely to develop stomach cancer, compared with those who don’t.
- Eating right – Eat less salty and smoked foods.
- Smoking – If you smoke, quit! If you don’t smoke, do not take it up. It will reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
- Check with a doctor – Individuals can ask whether they have any medical conditions that might increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. Those who do might consider having periodic screening.
There’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk of stomach cancer. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay on track with Apollo experts such as Dr. B K M Reddy, one of the best Oncologist at Ask Apollo.