Many of us tend to take our health and wellbeing for granted until we become unwell. So, when we receive an invitation to participate in bowel cancer screening the temptation is to ignore it. It’s vital that you don’t though. It is also worth considering testing before the routine screening age, particularly if you are…Read more
You know what it’s like… you are having a bad day, with work or domestic related pressures mounting, or the children running havoc. You sit down and start eating your meal but it’s a struggle to get the food down, and you end up with indigestion, bloating, reflux, or all three.
You are what you eat, says the old adage, but what on earth does this mean and is there any truth behind the saying? Increasingly scientists believe that your gut plays a pivotal role in your overall health, not just your physical health but also your mental health and the correct functioning of your entire…Read more
Screening for any kind of cancer means testing for early signs of the disease before any symptoms develop. For screening to work well it must be reliable, straightforward, and not harmful to participants.
Barrett’s Oesophagus is a serious complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD). It leads to changes in the lining of the oesophagus – the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach – which comes to resemble the lining of the intestines. Although the symptoms of Barrett’s Oesophagus are similar to GORD, the condition…Read more
To mark Nutrition and Hydration Week, from 12 to 18 March, we’re inviting you to pause and take a look at what you’re eating and drinking and, in particular, it’s impact on your digestive health.
Having a digestive disorder can be a double whammy. Not only do you feel unwell but you can also feel uncomfortable discussing your symptoms. But we’re here to tell you that digestive disorders are very common and there are treatments available that can help.
One of the factors that makes bowel cancer diagnosis so challenging for us as gastrointestinal specialists is that people sometimes feel too embarrassed to get their symptom checked out until the disease is well advanced. This can make it much harder to treat and the chances of survival are lower.
Statistics show that one in 14 men and one in 19 women in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of colorectal cancer during their lifetime. Just over half – 57% will survive for 10 years or more.
Stem cells are the body’s natural ‘renew and repair’ cells. When someone develops a severe inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s, the body’s immune system starts to attack itself. Transplanting stem cells may help people with the disease by encouraging the immune system to “reset” itself.