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Stomach cancer begins when a mutation causes a cancerous cell to grow and divide at a rapid rate. The cancer can develop in any part of the stomach and spread to other organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, ovaries, and lymph nodes.
The exact causes of stomach cancer are currently not known. However, factors which increase the risk of stomach cancer include:
There are usually no noticeable symptoms during the early stage of stomach cancer. However, the symptoms in the advanced stage are similar to those caused by other conditions, such as peptic ulcer and viral gastroenteritis.
In the advanced stage, symptoms may include:
In general, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor immediately:
The treatment of stomach cancer involves the collaboration of a team of medical professionals from various fields, such as surgeons, radiologists, and oncologists, who together will plan the most suitable treatment for each patient. The choice of treatment depends on:
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Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, is a digestive system bacteria that can lead to acute infection without presenting symptoms. 10 to 20 percent of people who become infected will develop peptic ulcers — an ulcer of the stomach or ulcer in the upper part of the small intestines — of which 3% carry a risk of progressing to cancer.