What do you think of when you hear the word gastroenterologist? If it’s colonoscopies you are only partially correct. They do specialize in colon health and during colon cancer awareness month they are keenly focused on getting the word out about colonoscopies and preventing the number two cause of cancer death—colon cancer.
CarePoint gastroenterologist Suhail Salem says, “It’s important to talk to your doctor about getting screened.”
Gastroenterologists have specialized training and experience in diagnosing, treating and managing diseases of the gastrointestinal tract—the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon and rectum. Some conditions they help patients with include heartburn/GERD, as described by Dr. Salem. They also treat conditions such as inflammatory bowl disease, irritable bowl syndrome, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, hepatitis, pancreatitis, colorectal cancer and more.
It is important to see a gastroenterologist if you have digestive problems that include abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, heartburn, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea or any other symptoms associated with your digestive system.