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Many symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to less serious conditions, so it can be difficult to recognise in the early stages.

Early stage symptoms include:

  • Persistent indigestion
  • Trapped wind and frequent burping
  • Heartburn
  • Feeling full very quickly when eating
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling sick
  • Pain in your stomach or breastbone
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Vomiting (the vomit may be streaked with blood), although this is uncommon in the early stages
  • Blood in your stools, or black stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Lumpiness and swelling in your stomach (caused by a build-up of fluid)
  • Anaemia (a reduced number of red blood cells that can cause you to feel tired and breathless)

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