The Main Signs Your Bloating and Stomach Pain Is a Sign of Cancer

Bloating is a frequent and common problem among many. But while bloating could be a result of many other underlying factors like indigestion or even lactose intolerance, it can also be a sign of stomach cancer. The problem with most kinds of cancer is that severe symptoms only manifest in advanced stages which is why people tend to neglect early warning signals and attribute the same to some common minor condition.

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1Bloating can be common but not if it occurs frequently

It’s not uncommon for a number of people to experience bloating and this invariably happens after eating a big meal or eating hard to digest foods. Bloating can also be due to food intolerance and IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome but it can also be due to certain types of cancer like ovarian cancer, stomach or bowel cancer. The problem is how you know if it’s just a common problem or cancer.

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2When your bloating may be more serious

One telltale sign that your bloating could be something more serious is when it happens too frequently in spite of medication that is given to treat a common problem. For any type of cancer for that matter, the less severe symptoms that start in the early stages will occur quite frequently making people pop over the counter pills instead of having a thorough medical checkup. If you have a persistent bloating problem, here are the other signs and symptoms to look out for.

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3Bowel cancer

One of the most common types of cancer is bowel cancer that affects thousands of people worldwide. But what’s worrying about it is that it never starts with serious symptoms but subtle ones. They may not even make you feel ill at all but just uncomfortable and may at first go away with OTC medication. However, as it gets worse, the symptoms occur frequently and may not respond to the same dosages or the same medication.

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4Abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort

One of the other symptoms of bowel cancer is abdominal pain, and discomfort along with bloating especially after eating. There will also be a marked change in stool habits where you may experience constipation some days and diarrhea on others. While in the majority of cases, it may not be cancer, doctors advise that a checkup is necessary if such symptoms keep occurring for more than a month.

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5Other symptoms

There are other symptoms of bowel cancer which is also like colorectal cancer. You could experience rectal bleeding.  It could also cause the feeling of not having emptied your bowels completely. There may be discomfort, gas and even pain. As the disease progresses, there could be weight loss, weakness and fatigue.

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