Gastrointestinal cancer, or GI cancer, concerns cancers that affect the digestive system. This can include cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon, rectum, and anus.
Risk Factors & Symptoms
Because there are several types of GI cancers, risk factors and symptoms may vary. Some of the symptoms people with GI cancer experience include:
- Poor appetite
- Abdominal swelling
- Difficulty swallowing or feeling of food getting "stuck"
- Diarrhea, constipation, or a change in bowel habits for more than a few days
- Unusual stool (thin or slimy)
- Feeling like your bowel won’t completely empty
- Blood in stool
- Black colored stools
- Persistent belly pain
- Unexplained weight loss