Most patients with early-stage stomach cancer have no symptoms of the disease. In other cases, stomach cancer patients may mistake their symptoms for a common stomach virus. When the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer are not apparent, the disease may reach advanced stages before a diagnosis is made. That’s why it is important that patients considered high risk talk to their doctors about symptoms that may be signs of a stomach tumor.Early warning signs of stomach cancer
Early signs of stomach cancer may include:
Feeling full: Many stomach cancer patients experience a sense of "fullness" in the upper abdomen after eating small meals.
Heartburn: Indigestion, heartburn or symptoms similar to an ulcer may be signs of a stomach tumor.
Nausea and vomiting: Some stomach cancer patients have symptoms that include nausea and vomiting. Sometimes, the vomit contains blood.
Other common symptoms of cancers that develop in the stomach may include:
Unexplained weight loss: Lack of appetite or unexplained weight loss is a common sign of cancer.
Stomach pain: Abdominal discomfort or pain in the abdomen above the navel may be a symptom of a stomach tumor. Also, swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen may also be caused by stomach cancer.
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