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Stomach Cancer (Gastric)

Introduction

Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is a fairly uncommon type of cancer. Around 7,000 people are diagnosed with it each year in the UK.

The stomach

        stomach 

The stomach is an organ that acts as reservoir for our food and drink. The oesophagus connects to it from above and the small bowel from below.

The stomach's main purpose is to break down solid food into a semi-solid consistency using stomach acid. This makes it easier for the rest of the digestive system to absorb nutrients from the food.

The initial symptoms of cancer are vague and easy to mistake for other less serious conditions. They include:

  • Persistent indigestion and heartburn    

  • Trapped wind and frequent burping

  • Feeling very full or bloated after meals

  • Persistent stomach pain    

Symptoms of advanced stomach cancer can include:

  • Blood in your stools, or black stools

  • Loss of appetite

  • Weight loss

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