Stomach cancer is one of the most common malignant diseases in India, especially in the northeastern part of India. According to hospital based data from Mizoram, around 30% of cancer patients suffer from stomach cancer.
Other symptoms of stomach cancer may not appear at first and may resemble symptoms of common medical conditions such as the flu. Symptoms of stomach cancer include:
Unexplained weight loss
Vomiting and nausea
Discomfort in the area above the waist
Bloating after eating a small meal
Indigestion and stomach acid
blood in the stool
As you can see, the above symptoms are not reliable indicators of cancer. A stomach virus or ulcer can also have these symptoms. Symptoms appear when the cancer is in an advanced stage.
Stomach cancer risk factors include a genetic history of cancer and smoking. H. pylori infection is also one of the main causes of stomach cancer. However, many people with bacteria inside do not develop cancer.
Stomach cancer treatment
Treatment depends on the diagnosis and may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Treatment usually involves treating, controlling or eliminating symptoms if the disease is in its early stages. If the goal is treatment, then treatment aims to eliminate side effects. While the goal is to keep the cancer under control, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms that affect quality of life, such as eating problems, pain, and bleeding. A second cancer opinion is always recommended.
Stomach cancer prevention
Although cancer cannot be prevented, what you can do is manage your risk factors by eating a well-balanced diet rich in fiber and citrus fruits, exercising and being physically active.