Stomach Cancer Symptoms And Probable Causes

Stomach cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the outermost layer of the stomach and as it progresses it affects its innermost layers. The main cause is the presence of a stomach ulcer, which generates symptoms such as heartburn, pain in the stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss. Here we will know about stomach Cancer Symptoms and causes.

As though cancer develops without expressing any obvious symptoms and ends up being diagnosed at a very advanced stage, when the chances of cure are lower. So it is important to be very attentive to the appearance of any symptoms that may specify that this disease is developing as:

  • Constant acidity.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Pain in the frequent belly.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Diarrhea or constipation.
  • Sensation of fullness, after meals.
  • Vomiting blood.
  • Weakness and fatigue.

Weight loss without apparent cause.

These symptoms are common in other health problems such as when there is a virus in the stomach or there is the presence of an ulcer. However, people with any of these problems should talk to their doctors so that they can treat. Through examinations such as MRI and endoscopy with biopsy will give you the exact information.

Probable causes of Stomach Cancer

These are the probable causes of stomach cancer. But before decide contact with the doctor and be sure about that. Take the necessary steps to reduce the effects. Causes of Stomach Cancer are the following:

  • Infection in the stomach caused by the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori;
  • Intestinal metaplasia;
  • Gastric polyps;
  • Exaggerated ingestion of preserved foods by drying, smoke, salting or vinegar;
  • Smoking cigarettes;
  • Genetic reasons or due to a poorly maintained ulcer or chronic gastritis;
  • Surgeries to the stomach;
  • Family history of stomach cancer;
  • History of pernicious anemia, achlorhydria or gastric atrophy.
  • In addition to this, the disease is more common in people over 55 years of age and mainly affects male sex.

How to identify 

The diagnosis must be made by a gastroenterologist, which indicates the performance of blood tests and an endoscopy with biopsy. In addition to this, it may also indicate the performance of computerized axial tomography (CAT), an ultrasound or an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment or Prevention:

The treatment for stomach cancer is done through radiotherapy, chemotherapy and in some cases with surgery to partially or completely remove the stomach. The treatment to be used will depend on the severity of the disease, the size, the location and the general state of health of the person.

There is a high chance to cure stomach cancer if the disease diagnoses in the early stage. In some cases, there is always the possibility of generating a metastasis in the liver, pancreas and other regions of the body that are close to this organ.

To prevent stomach cancer from getting worse, you should adopt a healthy lifestyle, opting for a diet rich in vegetables, eating fruits at all meals, not consuming alcoholic beverages in excess, not smoking, minimizing the consumption of alcohol. Preserved and canned food should avoid.

Some foods that decrease the risk of this cancer. High fiber such as beans is ideal for it. Beans works against colorectal cancer. Add these foods: Nuts, Cinnamon, olive oil, Turmeric, carrots, and broccoli to your diet. 

Hope these Stomach Cancer Symptoms and causes will help you to decide to go to your doctor.

Post Author: Dr. Carrie Luxem

Dr. Carrie is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is affiliated with University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine. She received her medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice between 3-5 years. She is one of 87 doctors at University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine who specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology.