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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.

Bloating 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.

When 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.

Bowel 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.

Abdominal 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.

Other 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

Stomach cancer
Stomach cancer isn’t a common disease and affects around 7,000 people in the UK every year. The early symptoms are a nagging stomach ache, bloating especially after meals, wind and gas, constant burping and belching, indigestion and heartburn. The heartburn and flatulence does not even go away with medication although there may be some relief only to occur after the next meal again.

Advanced stomach cancer
When the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage, there may be blood in the stools,  poor or no appetite, weight loss and like bowel cancer, there will be irregular bowels such as constipation one day and diarrhea the next.

Besides cancer, here are some more causes of bloated stomach.

Too much Raw Food
While raw food is considered healthy because of the preserved nutrients in it, cooked food can be more digestible because cooking makes the food easier to digest in the stomach. In fact contrary to popular belief, cooking also releases the availability of the nutrients. Another thing that makes raw food indigestible is the excess fiber that can easily cause gas and bloating. There should be a balance between raw and cooked food in any diet.

Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is another big culprit that causes bloating and even possibly diarrhea in some cases.  Many people suffer from lactose intolerance without even knowing it. This is because the human body was not designed to digest milk after 5 years of life. Dairy products except yoghurt can also cause lactose intolerance.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This is one nasty disease can that get anyone down simply because it can affect you at the oddest of times. Irritable bowel syndrome is a gut condition that is highly sensitive to certain foods and results in the uncomfortable experience of bloating, gas, flatulence and diarrhea. IBS has no cure and an elimination diet may pinpoint the cause. Dairy products and gluten could help with the problem.

Hormonal Fluctuations
Many women suffer hormonal imbalances at some stage of their menstrual cycle. Hormonal fluctuations can also change your metabolism resulting in pain and bloating. Bloating can also be accompanied with constipation in women who are facing pre-menopause or pregnant.

Excess Sodium in Your Diet
If you are prone to eating excessive salt, this can be one of the reasons for a bloated stomach.  Too much sodium causes a buildup of fluid in the body making you bloated and full. In this day and age when processed food is sold everywhere, monitoring sodium consumption is difficult as all processed food is high in sodium.

Carbonated Drinks
This is one of the culprits that cause bloating because of the synthetic material in carbonated drinks as well as carbon dioxide. Excess carbonated drink consumption leads to buildup of gas in your digestive system causing a bloated stomach.

Sugar-Free Foods
Artificial sweeteners that are a substitute for sugar cannot be easily digestible by our bodies. They sit in our gut, remain undigested and then become fodder or microbes that results in excess gas, flatulence and bloating. Always check on the label what sweetener is contained in the package.

Eating too fast
When you eat too fast, you can throw your system in disarray. You aren’t supposed to eat too fast. Instead, you need to chew your food well. Eating fast will also cause you to ingest a lot of air along with your food because air is trapped in the stomach. To avoid bloating, chew and eat your food slowly.