Colon Cancer Prevention and Screening
Several screening tests have been developed to help doctors find colorectal cancer early, when it may be more treatable. Some tests that detect adenomas and polyps can actually prevent the development of cancer because these tests allow growths that might otherwise become cancer to be detected and removed. That is, colorectal cancer screening may be a form of cancer prevention, not just early detection.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
Gastroesophageal reflux, also known as acid reflux, occurs when the stomach contents reflux or back up into the esophagus and/or mouth. Reflux is a normal process that occurs in healthy infants, children, and adults. Most episodes are brief and do not cause bothersome symptoms or complications.
In contrast, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) experience symptoms as a result of the reflux. Symptoms can include heartburn, vomiting, or pain with swallowing.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease is the result of an abnormal response by your body’s immune system. The body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestine, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulceration.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract commonly affecting the end of the small intestine (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon. The disease may involve any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining is inflamed and develops tiny open sores (ulcers) that produce pus and mucous.
Liver Disease – Hepatitis B and C virus
Contracted via blood-to-blood contact, hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. Many people infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms. In fact, most people do not know they have the hepatitis C infection until liver damage shows up decades later.
Peptic Ulcer Disease