When should you start getting endoscopy?

Endoscopy is typically recommended for people who are experiencing symptoms that may be related to a condition that can be diagnosed or treated with an endoscope. The specific age at which someone should start getting endoscopies will depend on their individual risk factors and the condition that is being screened for.

  • For example, colon cancer screening is typically recommended to start at age 50 but may be recommended earlier for people with a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors.
  • Similarly, an upper endoscopy may be recommended for people who have symptoms such as persistent heartburn or difficulty swallowing, regardless of their age.
  • It's important to discuss your individual risk factors and health concerns with your doctor to determine if endoscopy is appropriate for you and at what age you should start getting them.
  • It's also important to note that endoscopy is not recommended for healthy people without symptoms as it carries some risk and is not always necessary.

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