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Ulcers can be mild or severe.

Bleeding ulcers can signify generally poor health. Most ulcers can be easily treated but complications are much harder to treat. 10% of people will suffer from an ulcer and 10% of these will need surgery. Main symptom is pain in abdomen between breastbone and bellybutton. Pain occurs in early morning or between meals and may be alleviated by eating or antacids. They may also suffer from loss of weight, vomiting, weakness and bleeding. Scientists believe the main cause is infection with H. pylori bacterium.

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About: Ulcers can be mild or severe.

Date: 20 Jan 1999

Source: BBC News

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/medical_notes/259038.stm

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