According to WEBMD, stomach cancer begins when cancer cells form in the inner lining of your stomach. These cells can grow into a tumor. Also called gastric cancer, the disease usually grows slowly over many years (1).
Symptoms vary among different people and also depend on the stage of the disease. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of stomach cancer listed below, please see your doctor. With most diseases, a timely diagnosis leads to a better treatment outcome.
Here are possible signs of stomach cancer you should be looking…
1. Blood in Your Pee or Stool
Blood in the stool can be a symptom of stomach cancer but has many possible causes. The color of blood in the stool often provides an important clue as to the origin of bleeding. Bleeding from the stomach is often described as having a “coffee ground” appearance. Yet, there are many possible explanations for this as well, including bleeding anywhere from the esophagus to the upper portion of the colon.
Blood in the stool is not always visible to the eye. Your stool can contain trace amounts of blood that only a test, such as the fecal occult blood test, can reveal. In fact, the first clue that you may be bleeding internally may be the presence of anemia (iron deficiency anemia from blood loss) on a complete blood count (CBC).