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Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer is more commonly known as cancer of the stomach and is, thankfully, on the decline in the UK. In this article we will be looking at the symptoms of gastric cancer, the causes of gastric cancer and will also be discussing the diagnosis for gastric cancer.

Stomach cancer symptoms

There are many and varied symptoms of gastric cancer such as, weight loss which is normally preceded by a loss of appetite and or a bloated feeling. It can also be a feeling of tiredness or fatigue. One of the main problems in spotting the symptoms is that a lot of these symptoms can be attributed to other illnesses. Some of which are not particularly dangerous in themselves. You should be aware if any of the above persist and consult your GP immediately. As in most cases of cancer, gastric cancer has a better chance of being treated successfully if spotted early.

Causes of gastric cancer

Obesity is one of the main causes along with a poorly balanced diet. Gastric cancer seems to be prevalent in males over 55 years of age. Our old friend smoking is also one of the main causes as is the case in many forms of cancer. You may also find that difficulty in swallowing is an early sign of gastric cancer also. Previous sufferers of other forms of cancer such as prostate, bowel or testicular may also be prone to gastric cancer. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and other foods high in vitamins C can prevent this form of cancer appearing.

Diagnosis for gastric cancer.

Checking stools for signs of blood that a method for detecting early stages of gastric cancer. If in doubt the specialist may perform other checks such as a barium meal. This procedure means that the patient is given a dye orally and then x-rayed to see if any abnormalities show up. Further investigation may be required by means of an endoscopy, which entails a small camera on the end of a tube being passed down the throat of the patient. This allows the specialist to see exactly what is going on in the stomach of the patient. This procedure is fairly common nowadays.

As with most cancers the best chance of prevention is with early detection. As previously mentioned the main problem with this is that a lot of the symptoms can be signs of other less serious illnesses. If these symptoms persist you should always contact your GP and be equally persistent in ensuring that you receive the correct treatment. It may be nothing, but you should never take any chances. As in most cases prevention is much better than cure, so you should ensure that you eat a healthy balanced diet and reduce your intake of fatty foods. If you smoke, try to cut down, or better still, stop altogether as this will greatly reduce your risk of not only preventing gastric cancer but lots of other cancers as well. Do not be afraid to approach your GP with any concerns you may have.