Symptoms Of Stomach Cancer To Ignore

Screening for and treating cancer at an early stage can save a lifetime or at least make treatment easier. Indeed, if stomach cancer is diagnosed early enough, it can be treated effectively and definitively.

Cancer in numbers

Statistics revealed that stomach cancer is the fifth most deadly cancer in France. Although its frequency has decreased, more than 9,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It usually occurs around the age of 70 but it is better to start monitoring his stomach from age 55 onwards. If the symptoms are detected quickly, the chances of survival are in 90% of cases, five times higher.

In the majority of cases (95%), it is a cancer called adenocarcinoma, developed at the expense of the glands of the gastric mucosa. It can cause complications in an ulcer of the stomach.

Unfortunately, in the primary stages of the disease, the symptoms experienced by patients usually go unnoticed. Indeed, they are quite banal and once you realize it, the disease has already spread throughout the stomach and sometimes even to other organs. In advanced stages, cancer is no longer curable and the survival rate over a five-year period is only 3%.

Symptoms of stomach cancer

- Indigestion or heartburn
- Discomfort or pain in the abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Bloating and slow digestion after meals
- Loss of appetite and slimming
- Weakness, fatigue, pallor
- Loss of blood (vomiting blood or presence of blood in the stool)
- Sometimes a slight fever

When the disease reaches an already advanced stage, a mass can be felt in the stomach and the liver can be swollen.

Factors that may increase the risk of developing stomach cancer

- Age (over 55 years)
- Gender (men are more affected than women)
- Diets high in smoked, dehydrated, salted, marinated foods
- Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking
- Old surgery in the stomach
- Family history
- Presence of a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, which can cause ulcers
Foods to Avoid Risk of Stomach Cancer
- Cooked vegetables: carrots, endives, courgettes, green beans, aubergines, spinach, ...
- Fruits: pears, apples, peaches, fresh bananas outside meals or in compotes at the end of meals (citrus fruits and too acidic fruits are to be avoided).
- Lean meat: chicken, turkey, calf, rabbit, horse
- Fish
- Crustaceans and seafood
- Starchy foods: rice, pasta, semolina, potatoes (in reasonable quantities)
- Yogurt
- Cooked cheese: Gruyère, Emmental, Cantal, ...

You can also prefer light cooking (poached, roasted, wrapped in papillote, ...) and prefer aromatic herbs to spices to add taste to your preparations.

The cabbage

A diet rich in cabbage would reduce the risk of cancer, especially that of the stomach. This nutrient-rich vegetable possesses atoms called isothiocyanates, making it possible to fight, among others, against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which is sometimes the cause of cancer of the stomach.

It is important to emphasize that cabbage does not treat the disease but simply reduces the risk of developing this type of cancer, even if it does not completely eliminate them. Indeed, it makes it possible to fight certain infections and inflammations, which are the factors of development of the tumors. The consumption of vegetables belonging to the cruciferous family (cabbage, turnips, broccoli, etc.) is favorable in an anti-cancer diet.

The Helicobacter pylori bacterium

In 80% of cases, stomach cancer is caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. The latter is responsible for gastritis and digestive ulcers. It is the first factor favoring gastric cancer. Indeed, this bacterium causes the transformation of the epithelial cells (covering the gastric mucosa) into mesenchymal cells, which form carcinogenic stem cells. This infection is acquired in childhood and persists throughout life if left untreated.

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