What is stomach cancer?
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that starts in any part of the stomach. The stomach is just one of many organs located in the abdomen, the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis. Among other organs found in the abdomen are the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and colon. It is important to differentiate among these organs, because cancers and other diseases that affect them present different symptoms and are treated differently.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 28,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with stomach cancer during 2017, and 10,960 deaths are expected.
Symptoms of stomach cancer
The following are the most common symptoms of stomach cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of stomach cancer may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
What are the risk factors for stomach cancer?
The following are suggested as risk factors for stomach cancer: