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Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, especially in developing countries. This condition occurs when cancerous cells first develop in the stomach. In the early stages, symptoms may include:
 
  • Indigestion and stomach discomfort
  • A bloated feeling after eating
  • Mild nausea.
 
As the disease progresses, symptoms may include:
 
  • Blood in the stool
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Stomach pain.
 
If stomach cancer is diagnosed during its early stages, people have a greater chance for recovery. However, when it is not diagnosed until its later stages, people can be treated, but can rarely be cured.
 
(For more information, including how this disease is diagnosed, click Stomach Cancer.)
 
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