When cells in the body begin to grow out of control, cancer starts. Any cells can become cancerous, and this cancer can easily spread to other parts of the body. Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a cancer that grows within the multiple areas of the stomach.
This type of cancer typically grows at a slower rate than other forms of cancer, and its symptoms in the early stages can often be overlooked, due to their lack of initial severity. When the cancer grows in different areas of the stomach, it can produce completely different symptoms. Let’s take a look at a few of those symptoms to better understand this disease.
1. Pain in the Upper Abdomen
Unfortunately, stomach pain does not always show a lot of symptoms in its earliest stages. Therefore, it is not diagnosed until it is often much later in its progression, making treatment more difficult. One of the symptoms of stomach cancer can be abdominal pain and multiple levels of discomfort often present right above the naval.
This area is not always sensitive to the touch, but may develop more into an achy feeling, which can also sometimes be caused by a build-up of fluid in the upper abdomen. This pain may come and go, ranging from dull to extremely severe.