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Chronic heartburn: Do you need an endoscopy?

Certain people with chronic heartburn can benefit from having endoscopy, a procedure to check the esophagus for signs of more serious problems, like cancer. The risk of esophageal cancer associated with chronic heartburn is small. The benefits of endoscopy must be weighed against the downsides of having the procedure, which include inconvenience, added health care costs, the risk of complications, and increased worry about the risk of cancer.
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