Cancer we all know about cancer; Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal
cells in a part of the body. But most of us are not aware of the types of cancer. Gastric cancer is one
WHAT IS GASTRIC CANCER?
Gastric Cancer is cancer that involves the stomach which is the part of the digestive system between
the food pipe and the intestine. Stomach cancer is an abnormal growth of cells that begins in the
stomach. The stomach is a muscular sac located in the upper middle of your abdomen, just below
your ribs. Your stomach receives and holds the food you eat and then helps to break down and
digest it. Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, can affect any part of the stomach. In most
of the world, stomach cancers form in the main part of the stomach (stomach body).
Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include:
Feeling bloated after eating
Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
Unintentional weight loss
When to consult a doctor?
These are the few symptoms of gastric cancer that may differ accordingly so, it will be better to
consult a doctor if you found yourself with more than 5 symptoms among these.
What are the Causes of gastric cancer?
It's not clear what causes stomach cancer, though research has identified many factors that can
increase the risk.
Cancer is generally the result of a genetic change that occurs in the cells, which leads to the
continuous division of cells
Factors influencing genetic changes in cells of the stomach include:
Increased intake of smoked and salted food
Reduced intake of fruits and vegetables
Helicobacter pylori infection
Eating food contaminated by the fungal toxin, especially aflatoxin
Pernicious anemia resulting from poor absorption of vitamin B12 by the intestines
Factors that increase the risk of stomach cancer include: