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About Stomach Cancer

Stomach Cancer, also known as gastric cancer, usually begins in the mucus-producing cells on the inside lining of the stomach (called adenocarcinoma). These cells grow into a tumor and can spread in other parts of the body as well. Stomach Cancer generally grows slowly over many years.

Causes of Stomach Cancer

While the exact reason behind the fabrication of cancer cells in the stomach is yet not known to the scientists, they do list a few things that can raise the risk for this disease. Among the many causes, one of them is infection with common bacteria, H. pylori, which causes ulcers. Inflammation in the gut called gastritis, long-lasting anemia, and growths in the stomach called polyps can also make people prone to stomach cancer.

Other factors that seem to play a role in increasing the risk include the following:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High smoked, pickled, or salty diet
  • Stomach surgery for an ulcer
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Epstein-Barr virus infection
  • Type-A blood
  • certain genes
  • Working in metal, timber, coal, or rubber industries

Symptoms

Individuals who experience the following listed signs and symptoms of stomach cancer must tell their doctors and get themselves checked.

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling full after eating small quantities of food
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Severe and unrelenting indigestion
  • Heartburn that is severe and persistent
  • Persistent and unexplained nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Unintentional weight loss

How to prevent?