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Can my friend get stomach cancer?

Q: My friend was diagnosed with erosive antral gastritis 6 years back and last year he had hiatus hernia with mild esophagitis and esogastroduodenoscopy was done. He sometimes has heartburn and an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach. Is there any test by which we can know that there is nothing serious like cancer and what test should be done to keep a check on that?

A:Given your question, there is certainly no cancer in the upper digestive tract. Esogastroduodenoscopy is the most definite way of diagnosing upper digestive tract cancer and this shows only esophagatis and gastritis. Your friend should be treated with a proton pump inhibitor medicine like Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Pantoprazole and he will be fine.

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