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Everyone experiences mild or short-lived digestive problems from time to time. Stomach aches, gas and heartburn can be uncomfortable, but these conditions are usually not causes for concern. However, if symptoms keep you from enjoying life or if you experience bodily red flags, such as bloating, diarrhea and bleeding, it may be time to see a health care provider.
Join Sebastian Strobel, M.D., and Daisy Batista, M.D. ― both Mayo Clinic Health System gastroenterologists ― to learn about your digestive tract, what your gut might be telling you and self-care options for common digestive concerns.
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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Early detection is key. Read FAQ about a screening test you can do in the privacy of your own home.
Though few people look forward to having a colonoscopy, every year millions have one — many completed without sedation. Learn why this may be a good option for you.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., but prevention is possible. Learn more in this Q&A.
For years, turning 50 came with a special birthday message from your health care provider: Time to have a colonoscopy. Read about the new age guideline.
Testing for hepatitis C, which entails a basic blood draw and analysis, can be the difference between serious health complications later in life or a manageable — in some cases curable — condition. This Q&A will help you understand more about hepatitis C.
Male or female, health care professionals now recommend screenings for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. A colonoscopy is the gold standard. Here's what to expect before and during the procedure.
Finding colon cancer at its earliest stage provides the greatest chance for a cure. That's why health care providers now recommend colon cancer screenings beginning at age 45. Learn about your options.
Fighting off the dreaded stomach “flu” isn’t fun. This intestinal infection is marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting. Here are some tips for fueling your body when it hits.
Are you among the 60 million Americans who experience heartburn at least once a month? If left untreated, it can lead to Barrett's esophagus, which is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer. Learn about a screening option and tips for managing gastro reflux disease.
Does your underwear have more than a small brown streak? If you are experiencing rectal discomfort, learn about fecal incontinence tips. Most pelvic floor issues can be diagnosed and treated once identified as a concern.
The lining of your digestive tract is covered in microscopic creatures, mostly bacteria, called a microbiome, which plays a large role in your health. Find out how to maintain a healthy microbiome.
Lynda Rassbach no longer is missing life's important moments. Read about her journey to diagnoses of bile acid absorption and ulcerative colitis, and how answers and treatments she got restored her freedom.