Digestive health

Anal and rectal disorders

Rectal prolapse

Rectal prolapse is when all or part of the rectum protrudes outside the anus.

Rectal cancer

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), which is the lower part of the digestive system. Rectal cancer occurs on the last eight to 10 inches of the colon.

Your anus

Often regarded as taboo, erotic, and many times, used as an offensive term, the primary purpose of the anus is for defecation, better known as pooing.

Proctitis

Proctitis is inflammation of the lining of the rectum, called the rectal mucosa

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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