Unfortunately its hard to be comforted until you get results from the gastro but ill google some statistics for you.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for stomach cancer in the United States for 2014 are:
About 22,220 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed (13,730 in men and 8,490 in women)
About 10,990 people will die from this type of cancer (6,720 men and 4,270 women)
Stomach cancer mostly affects older people. The average age of people when they are diagnosed is 70. Almost two thirds of people with stomach cancer are 65 or older. The average risk that a person will develop stomach cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 116. This risk is slightly higher in men than in women, and can also be affected by a number of other factors.
Stomach cancer is much more common in other parts of the world, particularly in less developed countries. It is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world.
Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer
Unfortunately, early-stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms. This is one of the reasons stomach cancer is so hard to detect early. The signs and symptoms of stomach cancer can include:
Weight loss (without trying)
Abdominal (belly) pain
Vague discomfort in the abdomen, usually above the navel
A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen after eating a small meal
Heartburn or indigestion
Vomiting, with or without blood
Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
Most of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by things other than cancer, such as a stomach virus. They may also occur with other types of cancer. But people who have any of these problems, especially if they don’t go away or get worse, should check with their doctor so the cause can be found and treated.
Since symptoms of stomach cancer often do not appear until the disease is advanced, only about 1 in 5 stomach cancers in the United States is found at an early stage, before it has spread to other areas of the body.
So what do we learn from this? The odds of stomach cancer are very low. The symptoms dont usually show until its advanced. Did you see the symptoms list? Those symptoms could be many things other than cancer. Ive had some of those symptoms for weeks at a time. Also, if its cancer it wouldnt get better.
It could possibly be a hernia or inflammation in the colon. You could have a blockage in the colon (stuck stool or severely constipated). The doc sending you to the gastro was the best thing. In my experience with stomach problems my family doctor kept trying to treat everything himself. I finally got to a gastro and got a colonoscopy and endoscopy. They didnt find anything wrong and yet I still get problems with my gut and I have since I was a kid. Im 33 now. Do whatever it takes to draw your attention to something else. I know its hard but worrying isnt gonna make things better. Im sorry you are having to go through this. Alot of us here have had out scares when we are having to wait to see a specialist to diagnose the unknown. So trust me when I say we feel your pain. Ill keep you in my thoughts and prayers that this will all be benign and over with and in the past. Keep us posted on how you are doing.