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Esophageal Cancer Screenings and Exams

Is Esophageal Cancer Screening for Me?

Regular screening makes sense for many diseases and health conditions.

Esophageal cancer has a strong correlation with smoking, which means that smokers are at higher risk.

You should have a screening test for esophageal cancer if:

  • You smoke.
  • One or more of your family members have had esophageal cancer, especially at a young age.

What to Expect During Your Esophageal Cancer Screening

At your esophageal cancer screening, you'll see a doctor that specializes in gastroesophageal diseases who will perform an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).

During the EGD, your doctor will:

  • Insert a flexible tube into the esophagus and stomach.
  • Look at the tissues for cancer cells.
  • Use the scope to guide a biopsy needle into the suspected cancerous tissue.

Contact Us About Esophageal Cancer Care Screenings

To learn more about esophageal cancer screenings or to make an appointment for esophageal cancer care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, call 412-647-2811.