By Cody Barth and Isaiah Burkel
Stomach cancer fast facts
Stomach cancer, also know as Gastric cancer, was estimated in 2012 to have 21,320 new cases and the cause of 15,070 deaths. Over the past 60 years, there has been a dramatic decrease in the amount of people diagnosed with stomach cancer.
What causes stomach cancer?
The cause of stomach cancer is not known, but there are some factors that can increase the chance of developing this type of cancer, such as being male, african american or asian, genetic abnormalities, having blood type A, and many other factors as well.
Some early symptoms include indigestion and stomach discomfort, a bloated feeling after eating, mild nausea, loss of appetite, and heartburn. Some advanced cancer symptoms include discomfort in the upper or middle part of the abdomen, vomiting, weight loss, weakness or fatigue.