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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