8 Warning Signs Of Stomach Cancer

October 3 2017

Stomach cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the stomach grow in an uncontrolled way. There are two main types of stomach cancer. Gastric cancer develops in the glandular cells that line the stomach wall, whilst gastrointestinal stromal tumours are rare cancers that develop in the connective tissue in the stomach wall.

Stomach cancer occurs in males and females but is almost twice as common in males. It is estimated that this year, 2,294 new cases of stomach cancer (1,494 males and 800 females) will be diagnosed in Australia.

A diet high in preserved foods or very salty food increases the risk of getting stomach cancer, and family history is being researched as a risk factor for stomach cancer. You have an increased risk if you have a first-degree relative with stomach cancer. However, it is not known whether this is a genetic issue, or due to sharing other risk factors, such as Helicobacter pylori infection.

Stomach cancer also has a reputation for being one of the most painful forms of cancer, but for many sufferers, pain is not among the early signs.

Here are 8 warning signs to look out for:

  • indigestion (such as heartburn, bloating or burping)
  • feeling full, even after a small meal
  • nausea or vomiting (or both)
  • pain and difficulty swallowing
  • unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • blood in vomit
  • black-coloured faeces, which is a sign of old blood
  • weight loss or loss of appetite – more likely in very advanced cancer.

If you’re experiencing a couple or more of the symptoms above, call Myers Street Family Medical Practice on 03 5229 5192 or The Cottage Medical Clinic on 03 5241 6129 to schedule a consultation with one of our medical professionals.