The earliest stages of stomach cancer have no symptoms. Many of these symptoms can be caused by other, less serious conditions. However, it is still important to discuss them with your doctor. Early detection and treatment improve outcomes for both cancer and other health conditions.
Symptoms of stomach cancer are vague and are common with many noncancerous conditions, such as
gastric ulcer. Over time, symptoms may become more frequent or persistent. The most common symptoms of stomach cancer are:
Persistent heartburn or indigestion
Feeling full after eating a small amount of food
Bloating, especially after eating
Abdominal discomfort and/or pain
Fatigue or weakness
Unintended weight loss
Worsening pain during or difficulty with swallowing
Vomiting, may have blood
Blood in the stool
Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes—
Increase in abdominal girth from fluid build-up—
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Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/stomach-cancer/about/what-is-stomach-cancer.html. Updated February 10, 2016. Accessed September 1, 2017.
Stomach cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/tumors-of-the-gi-tract/stomach-cancer. Updated January 2017. Accessed September 1, 2017.
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