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    Early Signs of Stomach Cancer and the Risk Factors To Look Out For

    Stomach cancer is also referred to as gastric cancer. It refers to an abnormal cell mass growing in any part of the stomach. Stomach cancer has the third-highest cancer-related mortality worldwide. It is hard to diagnose because it often does not present early symptoms. While it is not yet clear what causes stomach cancer, there are factors that may pose potential risks, increasing the chances of it developing.

    The risk factors include:

    • GERD- that is, gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Smoking
    • Helicobacter pylori infection
    • High in salt and smoked foods died
    • Family history
    • Gastritis
    • Stomach polyps

    It is paramount that if you have these predisposing factors, to visit the doctor for early screening. While these factors increase the possibility of a positive test result, it is also essential to see the doctor even with the absence of the risk factors if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

    • Bouts of vomiting and nausea
    • Difficulty in swallowing
    • Bloating sensation after meals
    • Persistent indigestion
    • Persisting heartburn
    • Unplanned loss of weight
    • Loss of appetite
    • Chronic bloating
    • Blood in stools
    • Jaundice
    • Severe stomach pain, or pain that worsens after meals

    You can reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer by ensuring the following simple measures are adhered to:

    • Increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits to two and a half cups
    • Reducing the amount of salt and smoked foods consumed
    • Consuming more whole-grain foods and less refined and processed foods
    • Avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke

    As with all diseases, it is better to apply these precautionary measures to reduce the risk of stomach cancer than late intervention. Early screening will aid in early detection and increase the chance of living a healthy, quality life. The survival rate of patients increases when the illness is detected early.

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