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Your digestive system processes what you eat into usable energy and unneeded waste.

Gastroenterologists are doctors who diagnose and treat problems with…

Gastroenterologists also use colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy to find colon cancer or other cancers in the digestive system.




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Source: American Board of Specialties, Research and Education Foundation, Which Medical Specialist for You?; American Medical Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations and Acronyms for the Era of Reform, 1994

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 11/06/2012

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics