GASTRIC CANCER INFORMATION

Symptoms of Gastric Cancer

Know the warning signs and seek professional help to fight cancer early.

What are the signs of gastric cancer?

Gastric cancer usually has no early warning signs. Symptoms are often nonspecific and typically do not appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage.
Symptoms of gastric cancer may include the following:

  • Upper abdominal pain or discomfort (dyspepsia)
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blood in vomit
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Black-colored stools

What are the most frequent causes of gastric cancer?

While the exact causes of stomach cancer are unclear, some factors are known to increase an individual’s risk.

These risk factors include:

  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • Chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Diet high in smoked food, salted fish and meat, and pickled food
  • Diet low in fruit and vegetables
  • History of chronic gastritis
  • Cigarette smoking

Who should be tested with GASTROClear?

GASTROClear is a blood test – the first of its kind in the world – designed to detect gastric cancer in people who may be at risk but are not yet experiencing any symptoms.

Patients experiencing any symptoms of gastric cancer should seek medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional immediately.

GASTROClear is intended for adults of either sex, aged 40 years or older, at average risk of having gastric cancer with one of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of gastric cancer
  • A history of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection.
  • Long-term stomach inflammation (chronic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia)
  • Diet containing large amounts of fried food, smoked food, salted fish, processed meat, and pickled food.
  • Diet containing nitrites and nitrates (substances commonly found in cured meats).
  • Diet low in fruit and vegetables.
  • Smoking.

Where can you get tested?

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