Gastrointestinal symptoms are among the most frequent complaints that bring a patient into a
clinic or hospital. Gastro-esophageal reflux and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, such as
ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, are often associated with severely impaired quality of
life and complications, such as bleeding, obstruction, perforation, or even cancer formation.
Hepatitis and liver cirrhosis also cause serious health problems that have life-altering and
Cancers of the digestive tract, including the pancreas, colon, esophagus, stomach, and liver, are responsible
for more than 120,000 deaths in the United States each year. In some ethnic populations, digestive tract malignancies
represent more than 50 percent of all cancer deaths. Most of these deaths are preventable because these cancers are
curable if diagnosed early.
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