At one point in time, just about anybody will experience a form of stomach ache or pain. Most of the time, stomach pain is not something to worry about but if it becomes regular and accompanied by other conditions, get yourself checked because it might be linked to cancer.
What are the common causes of stomach pain?
There are different sensations associated with stomach pain. For some, it can be sharp like a punch in the belly; for others, it can feel like cramps; or hollow, burrowing pain leading to nausea and vomiting.
Here are some of the common diseases linked to having stomach pain:
- Acid reflux
- Crohn’s Disease
- Food allergy
- Food poisoning
- Stomach or Gastric cancer
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney stones
- Lactose intolerance
The midsection of the body has other organs aside from the stomach. The pain could be coming from the appendix, colon, kidney, or gall bladder. This is why consulting your doctor to understand the root cause of your stomach pain is really important to be able to get accurate diagnosis and appropriate medication or treatment.
Stomach pain and gastric cancer
It may sound like an exaggeration, but the reality is, consistent stomach pain is a telling sign that something more serious is going on inside your body. Remember, the stomach helps breakdown the food you eat. If you are always in pain that means there is something impeding your digestive system and it could be a symptom of gastric cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society gastric cancer develops slowly through the years. Malignant cancer cells start to form in the lining of the stomach and may occur in the organ’s layers.
These are the layers of the stomach that will help you understand the complexity of the organ.
- The innermost layer is called the mucosa. This is where stomach acid and digestive enzymes are made. Most gastric cancer starts in this layer.
- Submucosa is the supporting layer following the mucosa.
- The muscularis propria is a thick layer of muscle that moves and mixes the stomach contents.
- The outer two layers, the subserosa and outermost serosa, wrap and protect the stomach.
Symptoms of gastric cancer
Consistent stomach pain is one of the most immediate symptoms of gastric cancer. However, it is not the only symptom. According to Healthline.com, here are other gastric cancers symptoms that one should be aware of:
- Feeling bloated after every meal
- Loss of appetite Blood in your stool Vomiting
- Drastic weight loss
- Trouble swallowing
- Yellowish eyes and/or skin Swelling in the abdomen Frequent constipation
- Frequent diarrhea
If you have persistent stomach pain accompanied by any of the conditions listed above, please visit your doctor as soon as possible.
In fact, early detection of malignancy is the advocacy of the movement “Hope From Within”. This movement symbolizes the optimism that novel treatments like immunotherapy bring to cancer patients, and the latest in its series of ongoing education and informational forums focuses on the importance of early diagnosis. Initially, it encourages “Test-Talk-Take Action” for lung cancer but it is expanding to include melanoma, head and neck cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, bladder and gastric cancers.
High-risk individuals are encouraged to consider getting screened. For gastric cancer, high risk individuals may include:
- Obese individuals
- People with diet high in smoked, pickled or salty foods
- People afflicted by the Epstein-Barr virus infection, a member of the herpes virus family
- Workers in coal, metal, timber or rubber industries
- People exposed to asbestos
If you have been experiencing frequent stomach pains, consult your doctor regarding the symptoms and get a better understanding of your health condition and the appropriate treatment plan.