In its early stages, stomach cancer typically causes vague,
often mild symptoms that a person may describe as indigestion, nausea, loss of
appetite, heartburn, or pain.
The problem is, millions of people without stomach cancer
experience these symptoms every day. When should a person with vague stomach or
abdominal symptoms seek medical attention? That’s a hard question to answer,
because stomach cancer is still uncommon in the U.S. and screening for it (with
invasive testing called endoscopy) carries small but real risks; screening
everyone with indigestion might cause more harm than good.
As stomach cancer becomes more advanced, weight loss,
bleeding, more severe nausea and vomiting, and blockage of the exit of food
from the stomach can occur.
If you’re concerned about stomach cancer, the best thing is
to see your doctor and discuss your symptoms.
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