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Posted by Tim on November 26, 2000 at 16:08:37:

In Reply to: Stomach Cancer or Ulcer? Help.. posted by patricia on November 25, 2000 at 00:15:55:

: Please respond, I really need some advice on this: My mother, who is in her mid 40's, has been having persistent, rather severe stomach pains in one side of her body. She has also felt nausea, becomes tired very quickly, and she eats more than she used to. She drinks coffee and takes baby aspirin daily, and gets little sleep from working at night. I think she is really at risk, since my grandmother died from stomach cancer, but she refuses to get checked, because I think she is afraid to hear the worst. What is the possibility that this is an ulcer, and not cancer? I've looked up every site on both, and the symptoms are very, very similar. I don't want to wait until it gets worse, and I'm having trouble convincing her to see a doctor.. If anyone has any advice or info, please email me. Thank you in advance.

First of all, stomach cancer is extremely rare. The symptoms your mother is experiencing are rather vague (abd pain and nausea). The common causes of "stomach" pain are reflux and/or ulcer disease which are much more common than cancer. Taking aspirin puts you at higher risk for ulcers.

Reassure your mother that her pain is unlikely due to cancer and encourage her to see a doctor as reflux and ulcers are treatable.

When you say she is experiencing pain on one side of her body what side is it, and is it in the upper or lower quadrants? Abdominal pain associated with stomach problems tends to be epigatsric (midline, upper quadrant. If her pain is in the lower quadrant, the pain could be due to colon, kidney, or ovarian abnormalities.

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