Stomach cancer - Symptoms 

Symptoms of stomach cancer  

Many symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to less serious conditions, so it can be difficult to recognise in the early stages.

Early stage symptoms include:

  • persistent indigestion
  • trapped wind and frequent burping
  • heartburn
  • feeling full very quickly when eating
  • feeling bloated after eating
  • feeling sick
  • pain in your stomach or breastbone (sternum)
  • difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • vomiting (which may be streaked with blood), although this is uncommon in the early stages

Advanced stomach cancer

Symptoms of more advanced stomach cancer include:

  • blood in your stools, or black stools
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • tiredness
  • lumpiness and swelling in your stomach (caused by a build-up of fluid)
  • anaemia (a reduction in red blood cells that can cause you to feel tired and out of breath)
  • yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

When to seek medical help

Stomach cancer is usually easier to treat if it's diagnosed early, so you should see your GP as soon as possible if you notice any of the above symptoms.

Page last reviewed: 27/02/2014

Next review due: 27/02/2016


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Baileysbunny said on 02 October 2014

I believe I have the symptoms of stomach cancer. I cant sleep at night now my stomach is so uncomfortable. My Doctor took blood samples on Monday and I am due to see her this morning. She was talking about arranging and ultrasound - I wonder if she is thinking along the same lines? I only looked up symptoms last night and feel distressed at what I have found but it all makes sense.

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