Our digestive system consists of organs that prepare food for absorption and for use by the millions of our body's cells.
The main organs of the digestive system form a tube that is open at both ends. This is known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or alimentary canal.
Organs making up the tract are:
More organs or body parts that are located in the main digestive organs or that open into them are: the salivary glands, teeth, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and vermiform appendix.
Cancers of the GI tract account for roughly 15% of cancer diagnosed in all genders. [See note, Statistics]
NOTE: Available statistics do not have information about the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse participants. It is unknown how these statistics apply to transgender and gender diverse people. Patients are advised to speak with their primary care provider or specialists about their individual considerations and recommendations.