Local people found out more about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the digestive system, in a lecture by Salisbury District Hospital consultant gastroenterologist Sam Vyas.
This was the first talk this year in the popular Medicine for Members series of lectures. These aim to give people an insight into how the body works, highlight the clinical conditions that are treated and provide some practical tips to keep safe and healthy.
Dr Vyas said: “There are a number of diseases that affect the digestive system from cancers such as, upper intestinal, stomach and bowel cancer, to other conditions like ulcers, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. While incidences of some of the more common cancers are increasing, there is still much that we can do to reduce the chances of serous illness through people being more aware of the lifestyle causes such as smoking, increased alcohol consumption and obesity that are common factors in many of the conditions that we see.”
“Although an ageing population and an increase in the complexity of cases has had an impact on survival rates for some cancers, better recognition of symptoms, early diagnosis through screening and diagnostic tests, together with new techniques and working practices have had a positive impact on the way we are able to treat all diseases of the digestive system.”
“This talk gave me an opportunity to highlight the causes of these disease and what people can do to reduce the chances of serious illness. It also gave me an opportunity to talk about some of the many positive changes that have taken place over the last 20 years to ensure that people get the very best care, diagnosis and treatment here in Salisbury.”
Further talks are planned and the Medicine for Members lecture diary can be found on the Trust’s website at www.salisbury.nhs.uk . All members are welcome to attend. If anyone would like to become a member, please contact Isabel Cardoso, Membership Manager by telephone on 01722 336262, extension 4390 or by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org .