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What are endoscopy and biopsy tests for stomach cancer?

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This test examines the esophagus and stomach using a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope, which is passed through the mouth to the stomach. Through the endoscope, the doctor can look directly at the inside of the stomach. If an abnormal area is found, the doctor will remove some tissue to be examined under a microscope (called a biopsy). A biopsy is the only sure way to diagnose cancer. Endoscopy and biopsy are the best methods of identifying stomach cancer.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What Should I Know About Stomach Cancer?"

The Mayo Clinic: “Stomach cancer.” 

The Journal of the American Medical Association, January 14, 2004.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What Should I Know About Stomach Cancer?"

The Mayo Clinic: “Stomach cancer.” 

The Journal of the American Medical Association, January 14, 2004.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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