Around 8,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with stomach cancer. There are various different types of cancer in the stomach; in the UK, 95 per cent of all stomach cancers are diagnosed as adenocarcinoma.
Other types of stomach cancer are:
- Certain lymphomas
- Mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (known as MALT) lymphomas
- Carcinoid tumours
- Certain soft tissue sarcomas such as gastrointestinal stromal tumours (known as GISTs) and leiomyosarcomas
Things to look out for
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Loss of weight and/or appetite
- Trouble or discomfort when swallowing
- Nausea (feeling sick) and/or vomiting (being sick)
- Feeling abnormally full (bloated) following eating
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Abnormal gas (burping more)
- Blood when passing stools and/or blackened stools
These symptoms can be related to other medical conditions, but, due to the nature of cancer, it is important you speak to your doctor/consultant if you experience any of these symptoms.