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About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, unpredictable diseases that attack the digestive system
- There are 1.4 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful and unpredictable diseases of the digestive tract.
- 150,000 (about 10 percent) are under age 18.
- Most people develop the diseases between ages 15 and 35.
- Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are chronic inflammatory diseases
- Due to the unpredictable nature of these diseases, patients never know when they might spend two weeks in the hospital, require surgery, or miss work or a personal event
- Many patients have complications affecting other body parts – anemia from blood loss; inflammation of the eyes; joint pain; and more
- The number of Crohn’s & colitis cases has increased 20 times since World War II
- Approximately 20 percent of patients have another family member with Crohn’s or colitis
- The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s vision is a future free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It seeks to cure these diseases, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected through research, education, and support services.
- Instantly connect with others living with Crohn’s and colitis at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s online community ccfacommunity.org