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.
To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February 2018, we’re turning our thoughts to an area of our body that most of us would, if we’re honest, probably prefer to ignore.
At this time of year, after we’ve maybe piled on a few pounds over Christmas and we’re feeling motivated to get fit, we can sometimes push ourselves a bit too hard. The number of sports-related and gym-related hernias rises in January.
Are you one of the growing numbers of people who committed to having a dry January? For the uninitiated this means giving up alcohol for the month. It is an idea that was developed by Alcohol Concern and it is growing in popularity.
To mark National Obesity Awareness Week from 8th to 14th January 2018, we are looking at the impact that being obese has on our digestive health.
It’s that time of year again when we resolve to do things differently in the year ahead. Our New Year’s Resolutions are always well-intentioned, but our ability to stick to them doesn’t always quite match up.
‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Tis the season to be… bloated.” It’s a fact that most of us eat and drink far more than we should over the Christmas season. But our digestive system pays the price and one of the problems we can face is bloating.
If you’ve ever felt like your digestive system was trying to tell you something, you’re probably right. Our tummies talk to us in a language of their own. And if we don’t listen they can become increasingly persistent.