Identifying stomach cancer
Although the number of patients with stomach cancer has declined, their bad reputation continues and has made it well known. That is because it is difficult to identify and therefore can not be treated on time and successfully. In Life and health we tell you what increases the risks of developing this cancer and what are its most common symptoms, so that you are alert.
To begin with, let’s remember what stomach cancer is all about, which is also called gastric cancer. This cancer begins when the cells that are on the inner walls of the stomach are altered (they become malignant) and grow uncontrolled initially locally but can spread to other parts.
As is generally the case with many types of cancer, its causes are currently unknown, meaning that it is not known exactly what causes it. And part of the problem with this cancer is that it is difficult to detect early when it starts. And when it is not treated in time, the possibilities of cure are smaller.
That is why it is important that we are all alert to other types of indicators that can help us to identify it in time.
- Factors that increase the risk of developing stomach cancer
- Be over 60 years old.
- More than 60% of patients with stomach cancer are older adults
- Being a man
- Eat few fruits and vegetables
- Have a diet with enough salt and smoked foods (fish, meats)
- Having a family history of stomach cancer or gastric cancer
- Medical history
If you have or have had any of these medical conditions, you have a higher risk of developing stomach cancer:
- Helicobacter pylori infection, a bacterium that infects tissues in the walls of the stomach and causes inflammation of the stomach and ulcer
- Prolonged inflammation of the stomach
- Chronic gastritis or ulcer
- Pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency)
- Polyps in the stomach
Sometimes it is not easy to identify stomach cancer in time, as many of its symptoms are easily confused with other problems. But, it never hurts to be alert to any of these symptoms.
- Stomach pain and discomfort
- Feeling of frequent or permanent indigestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood in the bowel movement (with stool)
- Jaundice (the skin and whites of the eyes look yellowish)
If you think you are at risk of developing stomach cancer, or if you notice any of these symptoms (especially if they last longer than the count), consult your doctor.
Remember that it may not be any care, but if it is something that requires attention, the sooner it is treated, the better the prognosis.