I Would Like To Know What Thickening Of The Stomach Wall In One Area Means, Could It Mean I Have Stomach Cancer?


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If you are worried about a medical condition, you should really speak to your doctor ASAP. Your doctor will be able to give you the best advice that is specific to your particular circumstances.

They will also be able to tell you what type of treatment may be an option in the future, what you should be doing in the meantime to ensure you are healthy and giving your body a good chance to recover and what it could mean for your long term health. Your doctor will be able to reassure you and give you all the information you need. Remember, advice given to one patient may be totally irrelevant to another patient.
  • What is thickening of the stomach wall?

The wall of the stomach can thicken for a variety of reasons. There could be inflammation or ulceration of the stomach or there could be a cancerous tumor growing in the stomach. The thickening is usually detected in a CT scan and if your doctor believes it is cancer, they will refer you to a specialist immediately.
  • Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is the fourth most common type of cancer and is thought to effect 930,000 people each year. The first symptoms of stomach cancer include indigestion, discomfort in the abdomen and a loss of appetite. This will then lead to bloating of the stomach and feeling weak and tired. In the later stages of stomach cancer patients may feel pain in the abdomen, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation, weight loss and blood in the stools or vomit.

  • Causes of stomach cancer

There are said to be many causes of stomach cancer. Some people believe that something specific can cause it but other people believe it is genetic and no amount of healthy eating or exercise can prevent it.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants is thought to reduce your risk of stomach cancer along with smoked foods, salted fish and meat and pickled vegetables. Smoking increases your chances of getting any type of cancer and heavy smokers are twice as likely to develop cancer as non-smokers. Alcohol is also a massive risk factor.

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