What Is Gastric Cancer?

More than 20,000 cases of gastric cancer (stomach cancer) are diagnosed in the United States each year. Gastric cancer often begins in the inner lining of the stomach (the mucosa), grows into the stomach wall and may spread to other areas through the lymph drainage and blood vessels.

Gastric Cancer Symptoms

People in the early stages of gastric cancer often have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Mild nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in your stool or vomit
  • Pain in your abdomen or belly button area
  • Feeling full after eating only a small amount

These symptoms can be associated with many other conditions. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your physician.

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