What is stomach cancer?

This is a condition that occurs when normal cells in the stomach transform into abnormal cells and grow out of control. Certain people with this type of cancer also suffer from H. pylori infection. This is a type of bacteria that attacks the stomach and intestines. This often leads to symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, or vomiting.

Stomach cancer often leads to signs including:

  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain (especially in the upper abdomen area)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue and being short of breath (also anaemia)

Most of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, so make sure you consult your doctor if you’re experiencing these.

How can stomach cancer be diagnosed?

Tests for this condition mostly include an upper endoscopy. Here, your doctor will insert a thin tube with a camera through your mouth and examine your stomach.

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