Stomach cancer diagnosis
There is no national screening program for the early detection of stomach cancer. If your GP suspects that you have stomach cancer, they will examine you and refer you to a specialist for further tests.
The main tests are endoscopy and biopsy (the removal of a tissue sample). You may have other tests to check your overall health and see if the cancer has spread. Your specialist will combine the test results to work out the overall stage and prognosis of the cancer.
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