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How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Depends
In asia, every patient over the age of 40 routinely undergoes endoscopy due to the high incidence of stomach cancer.
In the United States where the stomach cancer is much less common, patients only do endoscopy if they have symptoms like acid reflux, weight loss, gastrointestinal bleeding, food getting caught or a strong family history of stomach cancer..

In brief: Depends
In asia, every patient over the age of 40 routinely undergoes endoscopy due to the high incidence of stomach cancer.
In the United States where the stomach cancer is much less common, patients only do endoscopy if they have symptoms like acid reflux, weight loss, gastrointestinal bleeding, food getting caught or a strong family history of stomach cancer..
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Can be
Commonly performed procedures.
Best screening test for colon polyps and cancer; generally recommended to have @ age 50, unless family history, other risk factors, or symptoms, e.g. Bleeding, pain, diarrhea. Upper endoscopy to evaluate persistent heartburn, or symptoms consistent with ulcer, esophageal reflux, stomach or duodenal ulcer, cancer, etc.

In brief: Can be
Commonly performed procedures.
Best screening test for colon polyps and cancer; generally recommended to have @ age 50, unless family history, other risk factors, or symptoms, e.g. Bleeding, pain, diarrhea. Upper endoscopy to evaluate persistent heartburn, or symptoms consistent with ulcer, esophageal reflux, stomach or duodenal ulcer, cancer, etc.
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