Weight loss and persistent abdominal pain are the most common presenting symptoms in patients with gastric cancer,[3] although dysphagia is common in cancers of the proximal stomach or gastro-oesophageal junction. Patients may present with gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (melaena).[3]

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