Digestive health problems are a commonsource of complaints when it comes to routine health and everyday well-being. While most episodes resolve themselves in a matter of days, some cases develop into major health threats that are largely preventable and usually treatable when detected earlier.
This issue of Better Health devotes special attention to digestive system health. On page 4 we report on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a group of chronic conditions that are easy to overlook for lack of awareness and because their symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea don’t seem serious. IBD can impact patient quality of life while boosting the risk for potentially-deadly colorectal cancer.
Regular check-ups and screenings help prevent cancer and detect it earlier. The colonoscopy is an effective tool both for diagnosing digestive conditions and for detecting pre-cancerous growths and early-stage cancer at the point when treatments are most effective and least traumatic. Our colonoscopy feature on page 10 reveals who needs one, and when to get one.
Our feature on page 18 concerns liver disease, a major and growing threat in Thailand and around the world. Most cases involve chronic inflammation caused by viral hepatitis, which can go unnoticed for many years before symptoms finally appear; by that time, it may have progressed into liver cirrhosis or cancer.
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