Fort Worth Texas Gastroenterology

NOVEMBER IS STOMACH CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Stomach Cancer AwarenessStomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, refers to a group of tumors that develop in the lining of the stomach. Although there are several different types of stomach cancer, Gastric Adenocarcinoma is by far the most common. Gastric Adenocarcinoma is a slow-growing tumor which begins its development in the inner-most lining of the stomach. It accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diagnosed stomach cancers. Although the exact mechanism by which Gastric Adenocarcinoma develops is unknown, certain risk factors have been identified. Some of these include:

  • Male gender
  • Age greater than 50
  • Certain genetic disorders
  • Infections
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diets high in smoked, pickled and heavily salted foods

In its early stages, stomach cancer tends to have little or no symptoms. As it progresses, however, a wide array of symptoms can develop. These include:

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Anemia

The main test used to diagnose stomach cancer is upper endoscopy. Upper endoscopy allows for direct visualization of the interior of the stomach, as well as tissue sampling of any abnormal lesions. Once a diagnosis of stomach cancer has been confirmed, decisions are then made regarding potential treatment options.

For any of our current or potential patients that may have questions or concerns about stomach cancer, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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