Do you suffer from blood in stools? Do you suffer from unexpected weight loss? You might be suffering from small intestine cancer! If neglected, cancer from the small intestine can spread to the other parts of the body. You should know the symptoms to treat small intestine cancer. What are the symptoms? Read on…
Cancer can occur in any part of the body. The small intestine can be affected from cancer. Small intestine cancer can be cured when the symptoms and causes are known.
What is Small Intestine Cancer?
Small intestine cancer is a cancer that occurs in the small intestine. Small intestine cancer is also known as small bowel cancer.
The small intestine is a tubular structure which is located in between the stomach and large intestine. The function of the small intestine is to digest and absorb nutrients.
The cancers in the small intestine are of 4 types. They are as follows:
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
- Ileal carcinoid tumor
All the above cancers can start from the small intestine and spread to various parts of the body. Hence small intestine cancer should be treated in the early stages.
What are the Symptoms of Small Intestine Cancer?
The early symptoms of small intestinal cancer appear to be vague. However, a person suffering from small intestine cancer can experience abdominal discomfort associated with the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
In the advanced stages of small intestine cancer, following symptoms are observed:
- Unexpected weight loss
- Abdominal pain or cramps
- Lump in the abdomen
- Change in bowel movements
- Blood in stools
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- Jaundice wherein stools appear lighter in color, urine darkens and whites of the eyes turn yellow
What causes Small Intestine Cancer?
A cell becomes cancerous when it becomes abnormal and when it starts to grow uncontrollably. The reason behind this is unknown. However, the risk to develop small intestine cancer increases because of certain factors.
What factors increase the risk of small intestine cancer?
Certain diseases increase the risk of small intestine cancer. The diseases are as follows:
- Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s disease is the inflammation of small intestine.
- Familial Polyposis syndrome: In this disease, polyps are formed in the large bowel during the second or third decade of life.
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome: In people with peutz-jeghers syndrome, the skin pigmentation is seen around the nose, lips, gums, hands and feet which is also associated with polyps.
The risk of developing small intestine cancer increases in the people because of the following factors:
- Consumption of alcohol
- Diet rich in red meats
- Lack of physical activity
Small intestine is an important part of the human body. It is essential for digestion of the food and absorption of nutrients. If small intestine cancer is neglected, the cancer can spread to the other parts of the body
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