Upper endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor. Upper endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate symptoms of upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. It's also the best test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
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A colonoscopy may be recommended as a screening test for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. A colonoscopy may also be recommended by your doctor to evaluate for symptoms such as bleeding and chronic diarrhea. A colonoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of your large intestine (colon) for abnormalities, with a thin flexible tube called a colonoscope.
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When colon cancer is found early, 90 percent of people survive. That is 9 out of 10. There are many ways to protect your colon health and these will help overall health as well.
The American Cancer Society offers many helpful resources like questions to ask your doctor, signs and symptoms of colon cancer, healthy living tips and more. If you have questions about colon cancer, getting a colonoscopy or need prevention tips, talk to your primary care provider.
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