The Women’s Digestive Health Program
West Chester Gastrointestinal Group Introduces…
The Women’s Digestive Health Program
A woman’s digestive system is different… A woman’s digestive tract is more sensitive to irritants than a man’s. Consequently, women are much more likely to suffer from certain digestive problems than men. For instance, women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones and five times more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome. Women need to be aware of the symptoms, risk factors and screening options for common digestive diseases.
West Chester Gastrointestinal Group recognizes the special needs of their female patients. The goal of the Women’s Digestive Health Program is to provide dedicated and comprehensive digestive health care for women.
Making time to listen…
Talking about digestive problems can be difficult. This is especially true in the field of gastroenterology where personal and often embarrassing topics need to be expressed. To get to the heart of complex problems, a patient needs time with their healthcare team. During weekly program clinics, new patients are booked for extended appointments to give them enough time to discuss complicated problems and develop diagnostic and treatment plans.
Women and colorectal cancer, a population at risk…
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States, responsible for an estimated 57,000 deaths each year. The idea that colon cancer is a just a “Man’s Disease” is wrong. Colon cancer strikes both men and women equally and has no racial bias. The recommended screening test for colon cancer is a colonoscopy. Statistically, women are screened less often with colonoscopy then men, putting them at special risk to develop colon cancer. Embarrassment and fear often plays a part in preventing women from having a screening colonoscopy. Their healthcare team is ready to discuss the details of the screening process during a program appointment. When it’s time for a procedure, the test can be completed by Dr. Bender or Dr. Miller with the professional staff of West Chester Endoscopy.
Here to help…
The healthcare team consists of two physician leaders, nurses and support staff who understand the sensitive nature of digestive disorders. Program appointments will include interaction with several of their experienced, compassionate team members. If the need arises, endoscopic procedures including upper endoscopy and colonoscopy are performed on site at the practice’s West Chester office. The healthcare team helps provide a comfortable and safe environment to complete these tests.
West Chester Gastrointestinal Group recognizes the special needs of their female patients.
The Program’s Physician Leaders
Reina Pai Bender, MD
A native of Chester County, Dr. Bender joined the West Chester Gastrointestinal Group in 2007 after completing her gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, she completed a program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Bender has received numerous academic, research and teaching awards and has published and presented scientific papers at several national meetings. She was recently named one of the “Top 40 Doctors Under 40” by Philadelphia Magazine, and a “Top Doc” by Main Line Today magazine. She is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology with special interests in women’s health issues, colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.
Carrie N. Miller, MD
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Dr. Miller attended New York University School of Medicine after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed internal medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University and gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Miller is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Miller practices general gastroenterology with a special interest in women’s digestive health, nutrition counseling, inflammatory bowel disease and digestive disorders of pregnancy.
For more information about the Women’s Digestive Health Program, log onto www.westchestergi.com or call 610-431-3122.