Could I have stomach cancer if I have appetite loss and stomach pains?

Certainly, these could be symptoms of stomach cancer, but they may often be due to benign conditions such as gallbladder attacks, ulcers, or inflammation. Many patients with these symptoms undergo and upper endoscopy with blood work and possibly even a CT scan or ultrasound.
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Although appetite loss and stomach pain are considered two symptoms of stomach cancer, there are also many other common ailments that could be causing them. Don’t panic and assume the worst, but if you’ve had those symptoms for awhile, a visit to your doctor would be logical. Should symptoms persist -- especially after you’ve been treated by a physician -- further investigation should be made.

The majority of stomach cancer patients do have non-specific complaints, such as:

• Indigestion or heartburn
• Abdominal discomfort (bloating, belching, gas pains, etc.)
• Loss of appetite
• Occasional vomiting
• Diarrhea or constipation
• Unexplained weight loss
• Decreased ability to eat a large meal

Other less common, yet serious, symptoms are:

• Difficulty swallowing
• Vomiting blood or blood in the stool

Should you experience these symptoms, don’t delay medical attention

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ymptoms until after they have spread. See your doctor if you have shortness of breath, abdominal discomfort or bloating, rectal bleeding or bowel obstruction. You are at greater risk for developing gastrointestinal cancers if you have a family history of the cancers, are older than 50 or have other gastric problems, such as gastritis. Tumors called carcinoids and non-carcinoids cause cancer in the gastrointestinal tract, which houses the stomach and the intestines. Most carcinoid tumors are found in the tip of the appendix, which is attached to the large intestines. Tumors are often found when a person is treated for appendicitis or a doctor notices it accidentally in a CT scan. Aggressive treatments, such as surgery, are needed for large tumors.

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