Stomach cancer is cancer that occurs in the stomach — the muscular sac located in the upper middle of your abdomen, just below your ribs. Another term for stomach cancer is gastric cancer.
What Causes Stomach Cancer?
Scientists don’t know exactly what makes cancer cells start growing in the stomach. But they do know a few things that can raise your risk for the disease.
One of them is infection with a common bacteria, H. pylori, which causes ulcers
Inflammation in your gut called gastritis, long-lasting anemia, and growths in your stomach called polyps also can make you more likely to get cancer.
- Age 55 years old and above
- Being overweight or obese
- A diet high in smoked, pickled, or salty foods
- Stomach surgery for an ulcer
- Type-A blood
- Certain genes
- Working in coal, metal, timber, or rubber industries
- Exposure to asbestos
The American Cancer Society claims that these are the symptoms which could indicate stomach cancer:
- indigestion or heartburn
- discomfort or pain in the abdomen
- nausea and vomiting
- diarrhea or constipation
- bloating of the stomach after meals
- loss of appetite
- weakness and fatigue
- bleeding (vomiting blood or having blood in the stool)
If you know the symptoms it causes, you and your doctor may be able to spot it early, when it’s easiest to treat.
Source: Healthy Life Master