Stomach cancer is a cancer that's found anywhere in the stomach. It's not very common in the UK.
There are many possible symptoms of stomach cancer.
Some are more obvious, such as:
- losing weight without trying to
- feeling or being sick
- having problems swallowing (dysphagia)
- a lump at the top of your tummy
Others might be harder to spot, such as:
- heartburn or acid reflux
- loss of appetite
- symptoms of indigestion, such as burping a lot
- feeling full very quickly when eating
- pain at the top of your tummy
- feeling tired or having no energy
If you have another condition, such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, you may get symptoms like these regularly.
You might find you get used to them. But it's important to be checked by a GP if your symptoms change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you.
What happens at the GP appointment
The GP may feel your tummy.
They may ask you to give a poo or pee sample, or have a blood test.
The GP may refer you to see a specialist in hospital for more tests if they think you have a condition that needs to be investigated.
This may be an urgent referral, usually within 2 weeks, if you have certain symptoms. This does not definitely mean you have cancer.