After taking a bite of food, you may not think about its journey through your body. From beginning to end, your digestive system is working hard to keep you healthy.
“Your digestive system plays an essential role in your well-being, helping your body to absorb nutrients, provide energy and fuel for your favorite activities,” explained Wellstar Gastroenterologist Dr. Arif Aziz.
That’s why it’s so important to do your part to protect your gut health.
Wellstar helps your digestive system stay on track, so you can feel your best and keep doing the things you enjoy most.
Care from top to bottom
Your digestive system is made of an entire team of organs: the esophagus, stomach, intestines (small and large), pancreas, liver, gallbladder, rectum and anus.
“With so many parts working together, your digestive system requires expert care to stay well,” said Wellstar Gastroenterologist Dr. Inder Tandon. “Regular check-ups with your Wellstar provider can help identify potential digestive issues early.”
At a routine exam, your provider can screen serious diseases like colorectal cancer and help identify chronic and common digestive conditions.
“If specialized care is needed, your primary care physician can refer you to our expert team of gastroenterologists right away,” Dr. Tandon shared.
Catch colorectal cancer early
Most colorectal cancer starts as a growth, or polyp, in the colon or rectum. Because polyps develop slowly over time, you may experience few warning signs and not know you have a medical issue for months, or even years.
That’s why it’s so important to get a colonoscopy — it could save your life. When caught early, colorectal cancer has a 91 percent survival rate.
People with average risk should have a colonoscopy starting at age 45. Those at high risk or with a family history of colon cancer may start screenings even sooner.