Stomach cancer is about one-fourth as common as it was 70 years ago, 24 000 new cases are diagnosed every year only in the United States. If it is diagnosed on time, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. But, unfortunately, the early symptoms are almost invisible until the disease spreads throughout the whole stomach. At this late stage, this terrible disease is no longer treatable, and the five-year survival rate is only 3 %.
How to stop this stealthy, silent killer before it is too late?
The first thing that is very important is to be informed with knowledge about the risk factors and the warning symptoms of stomach cancer. As we said before, this type of cancer is hard to detect. When the symptoms finally occur, they are usually so mild almost everyone ignores them. According to the American Cancer Society, these symptoms may indicate stomach cancer:
The Most Common Symptoms Of 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)
Are You at Risk?!
Here are the most common factors that can increase the risk of having stomach cancer:
- age (over 55)
- gender (males are two-thirds more likely than women)
- a diet high in foods that are smoked, dried, salted, or pickled
- smoking and alcohol abuse
- previous stomach surgery
- a family history
- presence in the stomach of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which may cause ulcers
If you notice some of these warning signs of this type of melanoma or simply you are worried about your risk, contact your doctor. He or she may refer you to a gastroenterologist (a physician who specializes in digestive disorders) for further evaluation.
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