Gastroenterological conditions pose wide-ranging challenges to researchers and clinicians. Here are some data about this field.
Digestive conditions spur tens of millions of visits to healthcare facilities annually.
Physician Office Visits: 22.4 million
ER Visits: 8 million
British researchers were able to reduce the time it took to stage colorectal cancer by more than one-third through the use of whole-body MRI. The time fell from 13 days to eight and lowered costs.
Ulcer Diagnoses by Sex
Women are 25% more likely than men to be among the more than 15.3 million U.S. adults diagnosed with ulcers.
Low Progression Rate
Among adults over age 60, 58% have diverticulosis, but research suggests it develops into acute diverticulitis only 4% of the time.
A Heavy Toll
Cirrhosis and chronic liver disease claim more than 40,000 lives each year in the U.S., with mortality rates varying widely by state.
States With Highest Mortality Rates*
- New Mexico 26.8
- South Dakota 17.2
- Montana 16.1
- Alaska 15.1
- Oklahoma 15.0
States With Lowest Mortality Rates*
- Maryland 6.6
- New York 7.1
- New Jersey 7.3
- Hawaii 7.5
- Pennsylvania 8.0
*Deaths per 100,000 people
Sources: The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, CDC, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases