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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can a doctor tell if you have stomach cancer just by doing a colonoscopy?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 30 years experience
Gastric cancer: No not on a colonoscopy but the upper form called and egd or endoscopy with biopsy for path confirmation.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
No: Upper endoscopy is needed. Colonoscopy looks for cancer or other disease in the colon. To check for stomach cancer the endoscope needs to be inserted through the mouth for visualization of stomach.

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How can you tell if stomach cancer is spreading?

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Last updated Mar 31, 2013

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