Stomach cancer

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Finding stomach cancer early

When stomach cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better. Get regular health checkups and see your doctor if you have:

  • heartburn or indigestion
  • bloating, discomfort or pain in the abdomen
  • feeling full after a small meal
  • feeling like food is getting stuck in the throat while eating
  • nausea, vomiting or both

Some people have a higher than average risk of developing stomach cancer. You may be at a higher risk if you:

  • have Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection
  • smoke
  • have a family history of stomach cancer
  • have an inherited condition such as hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC), familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), Lynch syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, juvenile polyposis syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome or BRCA gene mutations
  • have a stomach condition such as chronic atrophic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia, gastric epithelial dysplasia, adenomas, Ménétrier disease, pernicious anemia
  • had stomach surgery
  • have type A blood

Talk to your doctor about your risk. If you are at higher than average risk, you may need a personal plan for testing. This may include: