Post-endoscopy upper gastrointestinal cancers 'often diagnosed late'

These missed cancers are typically smaller and less advanced than detected cancers, researchers find

Patients who develop upper gastrointestinal cancers within three years of an endoscopy are less likely to have red flag symptoms than those with endoscopy-detected cancers, a pivotal review shows.

The findings, published in Gastroenterology, provide fresh insights into the epidemiology of post-endoscopy upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers and could inform clinical decision-making, the UK researchers say.

“Evidence-based strategies are required to target the prevention of [these cancers] … and reduce delays