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A 22-year-old male asked:

Appetite loss but no weight loss im 22 what is it most likely cause? someone told me stomach cancer

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not likely at 22!: Stomach ca is very low on the list of causes for a 22 year old with anorexia. Appetite is a complex process mediated by the brain, emotions, metabolic needs, health of the gut & surrounding organs. Lack of weight loss is good news. I recommend a visit to your doctor to discuss the circumstances that preceeded your anorexia & that may contribute to its persistence. Simple testing is appropriate.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Another name: For appetite loss is anorexia...Causes from psychological to physical abound. Gi cancer is quite low on the suspicion list for a 22 year old, especially without weight loss. Never too soon to get a complete physical and history to fill in all the missing details.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Decrease apetite: The fact that your weight's been stable means that you dont have to worry too much.The more you worry, the more you think about so many things like cancer etc- and that makes you loss more of your apetite. Stomach cancer is rare at your age- unless you have a family history of stomach cancer at young age. More common causes- depression, drugs alcohol, chronic disease etc.Discuss further w/ your md.

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