The former Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, died this Saturday. He suffered from stomach cancer, a disease that manifests itself with various symptoms.
- Gérard Collomb, former Minister of the Interior, died of stomach cancer.
- Stomach cancer is a so-called “poor prognosis” cancer, which means that the five-year survival rate remains low.
- Symptoms of stomach cancer vary from patient to patient.
This Saturday evening, around 9 p.m., the former Minister of the Interior and ex-mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb, died at the age of 76. He was suffering from stomach cancer. His wife, Caroline Collomb, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that her husband “wished, when it became clear that his illness could not be improved by any anti-cancer treatment, to benefit from deep sedation which allowed him to pass away peacefully among his family.“
Stomach cancer often diagnosed at an advanced stage
According to Public Health France, the estimated number of new cases of stomach cancer was 6,557 in France in 2018, including 4,264 in men and 2,293 in women. The estimated number of deaths for the same year was 4,272, including 2,794 among men and 1,478 among women.
As a reminder, the stomach is an organ of the digestive system, located in the upper and middle part of the abdomen. According to Mayo Clinica university hospital and research federation based in the United States, most of those diagnosed are generally over 60 years old.
Stomach cancer is one of those with a “poor prognosis”, according to the overview of cancers in France 2022 edition, meaning that despite advances in research, the five-year survival rate remains low. This is also due to the fact that this cancer is generally diagnosed at an advanced stage, because the symptoms are not always significant at the beginning of the disease. So, recognizing them can allow you to consult a doctor more quickly if in doubt.
Stomach cancer: how does it manifest?
The Mayo Clinic lists the following symptoms, which may vary from patient to patient:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Stomach aches
- Feeling bloated after eating
- Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
- Not being hungry when you should be hungry
- Losing weight for no reason
- Feeling very tired
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should consult a healthcare professional. He will prescribe the tests to establish a diagnosis and, if necessary, start treatment as soon as possible.