World Congress of Gastroenterology

World Congress of Gastroenterology

September 09, 2005 10:21 ET

World Congress of Gastroenterology/Media Advisory: Gastrointestinal Disease Account for 15% of the Total Health Care System Expenses in Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 9, 2005) - Millions of Canadians are affected by gastrointestinal disease which generate short-term loss of productivity of $1.14 billion. Gastroenterologists from around the world are meeting at the Palais des Congres de Montreal from September 10 to 14 to unveil their most recent discoveries.

How much time one has to wait to see a gastroenterologist and undergo a test?

The Canadian Association of Gastroenterologist will disclose unpublished figures on waiting times. The situation is catastrophic.
This is happening Monday, September 12 at 10:00 am.

Could a universal drug reimbursement program be considered in Canada?

Senator Michael J. Kirby will give his point of view on the matter on Sunday, September 11 in the afternoon.

Annually, some 19,000 Canadians get a colon cancer diagnosis. Approximately 8,500 of them will die from it.

What are the recent breakthroughs in terms of screening?
Why doesn't Canada have a colon cancer screening program?
Answers to all these questions on Monday, September 12.

Obesity has taken an epidemic turn in industrialised countries.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of Canadian adults are obese and consequently at risk to develop diseases such as hypertension and breast, prostate and colon caner. Experts will explain how to fight obesity on Monday, September 12.

Montrealers prisoners of a huge 31-meter long colon!

All Montrealers are invited to walk through a giant colon and to know more about related diseases. Afterwards, the Giant Colon will be touring Canada.
Visits on September 9, 12, 13 and 14.

Can yogurt prevent digestive diseases?

Some yogurt brands contain bacteria called "probiotics". Some believe that they could help prevent colon cancer. Myth or reality? Food or drug? Two experts will answer these questions on Monday, September 12.

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C affect approximately 250,000 Canadians and are progressing rapidly.

Why? What should be done?
The answer on Wednesday, September 14.

Abdominal pain: an industrialised countries phenomenon

Crohn's disease cause is still unknown, however we know it is present in industrialised countries and hardly existent in rural societies. Why? Could environmental factors be in cause?
Answers to these questions on Monday, September 13.

About the World Congress of Gastroenterology

The World Congress of Gastroenterology periodically brings together experts from around the world. The organisation that is holding it represents more than 50,000 gastroenterologists worldwide. Each year, they expose and share their breakthroughs and thoughts on social, economical and financial stakes relating to the digestive system health.

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