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Gastroenterology

Nearly​ ​1​ ​in​ ​4​ ​Americans​ ​is​ ​affected​ ​by​ ​digestive​ ​diseases.​ ​But​ ​many​ ​symptoms​ ​are​ ​ignored and​ ​left​ ​untreated,​ ​causing​ ​more​ ​discomfort​ ​and​ ​potential​ ​complications. At​ ​Claxton-Hepburn,​ ​our​ ​gastroenterology​ ​team​ ​brings​ ​extensive​ ​research,​ ​expertise​ ​and training​ ​home​ ​to​ ​the​ ​North​ ​Country,​ ​treating​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​conditions,​ ​such​ ​as:

  • Heartburn.
  • GERD.
  • Acid​ ​reflux.
  • Gallstones.
  • Ulcerative​ ​colitis.
  • Crohn's​ ​disease.
  • Constipation.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Celiac​ ​disease.
  • Abdominal​ ​pain​ ​or​ ​discomfort.
  • Irritable​ ​bowel​ ​syndrome.
  • Colon​ ​cancer​ ​screening​ ​and​ ​prevention.

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​colorectal​ ​cancer,​ ​men​ ​and​ ​women​ ​should​ ​begin​ ​routine​ ​screenings​ ​at​ ​age 50. If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​family​ ​history of the disease,​ ​scheduling​ ​a​ ​consultation​ ​with​ ​your​ ​primary​ ​care​ ​physician​ ​or​ ​GI specialist​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​step​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​your​ ​risk.

When​ to speak to a specialist

  • Changes​ ​in​ ​bowel​ ​habits.
  • Severe​ ​or​ ​constant​ ​abdominal​ ​pain.
  • Unexplained​ ​weight loss.
  • Heartburn​ ​not​ ​relieved​ ​by​ ​antacids.
  • Blood​ ​in​ ​the​ ​stool.

"Colorectal​ ​cancer​ ​places​ ​stressful​ ​burdens​ ​on​ ​patients​ ​and​ ​their​ ​families.​ ​But​ ​having​ ​regular screenings​ ​gives​ ​you​ ​the​ ​answers​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​live​ ​a​ ​healthier—and​ ​stress-free​ ​life."
​ ​—​ ​Dr. Ahmad​ ​Kadhim,​ ​MD,​ ​Gastroenterologist