Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (cont.)
Luigi Santacroce, MD
Tommaso Losacco, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Ron Fuerst, MD
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Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer and Digestive Endoscopy
Endoscopy is very important to detect early cancers developing from the mucous coverings in either the upper or lower tracts of the digestive tube. Colon cancers can develop if intestinal polyps are not removed. Polyps can grow until they become a cancer.
Several studies report that growth of these polyps may take as long as 10 years. People who are at low risk for cancer, or even have no symptoms, should schedule a colonoscopy every 3-5 years after age 50 years. Those who are high-risk should begin regular screening prior to age 40 years. The following conditions can put you at high risk for cancer.
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