Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer

Common symptoms of stomach cancer include heartburn or indigestion that doesn't go away, loss of appetite and weight loss.

The early symptoms of stomach cancer can be like the symptoms of some common stomach conditions. Common symptoms of stomach cancer include:

  • heartburn or indigestion that does not go away
  • burping a lot
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling full after eating only a small amount
  • weight loss.

Other possible symptoms are:

  • pain or swelling in the upper tummy (abdomen) area
  • being sick
  • difficulty swallowing
  • black poo (stools)
  • feeling tired or breathless
  • having hiccups a lot.

These symptoms can be caused by other conditions. But it is important to get them checked by your GP. They can arrange tests or refer you to a specialist if needed.

We understand that showing any symptoms of what could be cancer is worrying. The most important thing is to speak to your GP as soon as possible. We're also here if you need someone to talk to. You can:

  • Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.
  • Chat to our specialists online
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