What are guidelines for routine screening for gastric cancer in the US?

Updated: Feb 23, 2021
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Recommendations regarding gastric cancer screening vary regionally, depending on the rate of the disease. Although early-detection screening is routine in areas with high disease rates, such as Japan and Korea, no major US organization recommends general population screening for gastric cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no evidence that screening for gastric cancer would result in a decrease in mortality in areas with relatively low incidence of the disease, such as the United States. [66]


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