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Heredity influences Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis risk, so be sure to let your family members know if IBD is part of your family health history.

Before you schedule a colonoscopy or outpatient procedure that requires sedation, ask a family member or friend to accompany you as a caregiver.

GERD and digestive diseases can run in families, so discuss your family’s health history on Thanksgiving Day.

Diabetes and colon cancer share similar risk factors, but you can decrease your risk for both diseases by making some lifestyle changes.

Smoking significantly increases your risk for esophageal cancer and cancers of the digestive system, so commit to quit on the Great American Smokeout.