Even though nowadays stomach cancer is about one-fourth as common as it was seventy years ago, stil 24,000 cases are diagnosed annually in the United States. However, there is 90% chance of survival if diagnosed in the early stage.
The bad news is that symptoms rarely occur until the disease spreads throughout the stomach and to other organs. Sadly, when diagnosed at this stage, the cancer is no longer treatable, and the five-year survival rate is only three percent.
People all over the world are wondering how can we stop this stealthy, silent killer before it strikes us. Well, we can help you with that problems. First of all, you should learn all the risk factors and the warning signs of stomach cancer. The reason why stomach cancer is so hard to detect is because when the symptoms finally do occur, they are often so mild that the person ignores them.
The American Cancer Society presents the following symptoms that could indicate 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)
In order to prevent any risk of getting stomach cancer, we will present you the most common factors that could increase your risk for developing stomach cancer:
- age (over 55)
- gender (males are two-thirds more likely than women)
- diet high in foods that are smoked, dried, salted, or pickled
- smoking and alcohol abuse
- previous stomach surgery
- family history
- presence in stomach of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which may cause ulcers
Note: You should consult your doctor immediately if you are experiencing some of the above mentioned warning signs for stomach cancer. Your doctor will probably refer you to a gastroenterologist ( a physician who specializes in digestive disorders) for further evaluation.