How is stomach cancer detected?
Stomach cancer (gastric cancer) is asymptomatic (no symptoms /silent) in the early stages and physical signs may be absent. As the cancer advances, a patient reports unintentional weight loss and cachexia. Depending on the size of the tumor, a mass may be palpated in the epigastric region (upper middle abdominal areas).
One of or more of the stomach cancer symptoms may also be present and reported by patients. The severity of these symptoms can vary and it is not uncommon for other gastrointestinal conditions to be initially diagnosed. The presentation may also differ slightly depending on the type of stomach cancer.