The stomach is part of the
digestive system. Its role is
to receive and break down
food, storing and releasing it
periodically into the intestine
for further digestion. Most
stomach cancers develop
in the lining of the stomach
called the mucosa.
Stomach cancer can grow through the
stomach’s layers and into organs near
it like the liver, pancreas and colon, or
it can spread through the lymphatic
system or bloodstream to other parts
of the body.
In Singapore, it is the 6th most
common cancer in men and 8th in
Stomach cancer seldom exhibits
symptoms. Early detection is therefore
These symptoms may be caused by
a number of problems and may not
indicate the presence of cancer, but if
any of the above symptoms persists
or is bothering you, do consult your
doctor for advice.
Screening for stomach cancer is
currently not recommended.
Treatment options for stomach
cancer include surgery, ranging from
endoscopic mucosal resection to
gastrectomy, to chemotherapy or
Specialist services are available at the following institutions:
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