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Inside story is vital for your health.

Alarming new research reveals that only 2pc of the population are most anxious about developing diseases and conditions of the digestive tract.

Deaths from digestive illness - including colon cancer, liver disease, pancreatitis and diverticular disease - account for 12pc of deaths.

Good health begins on the inside, but the digestive system is one of the areas of the body which is most often neglected.

The Digestive Disorders Foundation, The IBS Network and Yakult are working together for the forthcoming Gut Week.

The message of the week is to look after the digestive system - eat a healthy diet and most importantly, don't ignore symptoms.

Even if people do feel embarrassed talking about bodily functions, a doctor will not be - and will soon put a patient at ease.

"Diseases and conditions of the digestive tract are one of the nation's biggest causes of death," says Alison Hesketh, director of the Digestive Disorders Foundation.

"Don't be afraid to discuss your gut, is our key message."

Visit the Gut Week website at www.gutweek.org.uk for a Gut Week 2004 information pack.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2004
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