Stomach bloating can be a sign you’ve wolfed down your meal. But does it happen after every time you eat? It could be a sign of something more sinister.
Eating should be an enjoyable experience, but feeling the bloat afterwards can ruin the fun.
The tight, stretched and full feeling can be extremely uncomfortable and, usually, it’s a reminder to remember our good manners.
Chewing with your mouth open can result in excess air being swallowed, which leads to bloating.
However, keeping the lips sealed while eating could still lead to a bloated stomach – what gives?
The deadly condition leading to bloating after meals could be stomach cancer.
According to Cancer Research UK, most stomach cancers start in the gland cells in the inner stomach lining – these are called adenocarcinomas.
Some cancers begin in the immune system cells in the stomach – known as non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Stomach bloating: When the bloat could signal something deadly (Image: Getty)
Cancer Net lists possible symptoms of stomach cancer. These are:
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting, particularly vomiting up solid food shortly after eating
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Loss of appetite
- Sensation of food getting stuck in the throat while eating
It explained: “It is important to remember that these symptoms can also be caused by many other illnesses, such as a stomach virus or an ulcer.”
Advanced symptoms of stomach cancer may include weakness and fatigue, vomiting blood, blood in the stools, and unexplained weight loss.
Cancer Research UK stated that around 50 percent of stomach cancer cases occur in people aged 75 and older.
The charity added that this specific type of cancer tends to be more common in men than women.
Stomach cancer risk factors
An infection with Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) causes around 40 percent of stomach cancers.
H.pylori is a bacteria that lives in the mucous of the lining of the stomach.
For most, it won’t cause any issues, but long-term infection may lead to inflammation and stomach ulcers.
Stomach bloating: It could be a symptom of stomach cancer (Image: Getty)
Another risk factor is smoking tobacco, with one in five cases of stomach cancer being related to the harmful habit.
The risk of stomach cancer increases in those who drink three or more units of alcohol each day.
Three units of alcohol is equivalent to one large glass of wine (ABV 12 percent).
It’s also the same as one pint of lager, beer or cider that has an ABV of 5.2 percent.
Try to limit yourself to one large glass of wine, otherwise it increases your risk of cancer (Image: Getty)
Cancer Research UK point out that the most common symptoms of stomach cancer include:
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Weight loss
- Indigestion (dyspepsia) that doesn’t go away
- Feeling full after eating small amounts
- Feeling or being sick
If you’re concerned about any of your symptoms do speak to your GP – regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.
Your health is just as important now as it was before the start of the global crisis.
Medical professionals will still try to make time for people concerned about cancer.