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Is there a screening test for esophageal cancer?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Upper endoscopy

We do not perform routine screening for esophageal cancer.
In japan where the risk of esophageal cancer is higher there is greater use of this test for screening. When patients do have symptoms of difficulty swallowing, pain on swallowing, hemoptysis (vomiting blood), anemic for unknown cause, heart burn not responsive to medication, episgastric pain (pain upper mid abdomen), endoscopy is needed.

In brief: Upper endoscopy

We do not perform routine screening for esophageal cancer.
In japan where the risk of esophageal cancer is higher there is greater use of this test for screening. When patients do have symptoms of difficulty swallowing, pain on swallowing, hemoptysis (vomiting blood), anemic for unknown cause, heart burn not responsive to medication, episgastric pain (pain upper mid abdomen), endoscopy is needed.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Not like breast (mammogram), prostate (psa blood test) or colon (colonoscopy).
However, patients at high risk for adenocarcinoma, i.e. Longstanding acid reflux, should receive a screening endoscopy to evaluate their esophagus.

In brief: Not really

Not like breast (mammogram), prostate (psa blood test) or colon (colonoscopy).
However, patients at high risk for adenocarcinoma, i.e. Longstanding acid reflux, should receive a screening endoscopy to evaluate their esophagus.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Barry Sheppard
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Endoscopy is used to screen for esophageal cancer in certain high risk individuals where chronic acid reflux has changed the type of cells lining the esophagus (Barrett's Esophagus)

In brief: Yes

Endoscopy is used to screen for esophageal cancer in certain high risk individuals where chronic acid reflux has changed the type of cells lining the esophagus (Barrett's Esophagus)
Dr. Barry Sheppard
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Generally, no...

Generally, no. Screening of unknown/asymptomatic patients is not routine.
The major screening is by endoscopy (scope down esophagus). It is not used in a "routine" manner per se, rather, it is used to investigate symptoms or follow-up longterm condition like gerd, etc... This link may help: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/risk-factors.

In brief: Generally, no...

Generally, no. Screening of unknown/asymptomatic patients is not routine.
The major screening is by endoscopy (scope down esophagus). It is not used in a "routine" manner per se, rather, it is used to investigate symptoms or follow-up longterm condition like gerd, etc... This link may help: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/risk-factors.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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