Colitis

  • Ulcerative colitis affects approx. 90,000 – 100,000 people in the UK – that’s
  • about 1 in 600
  • 5,600 new cases are diagnosed each year
  • The most common age for diagnosis is between 15-35
  • Men and women suffer equally

Crohn’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease affects approx. 30,000- 40,000 people in the UK – that’s about 1 in 1600
  • 3,000 new cases are diagnosed each year
  • Research shows that the number of people with Crohn’s disease has been rising steadily, particularly among young people
  • The most common age for diagnosis is between 15-25
  • Men and women suffer equally

Factors common to both illnesses
  • In both Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease there is a higher chance of developing either illness if you have a close relative who has the condition.

What is it?

Ulcerative colitis

  • It affects the colon (large intestine) or rectum. Inflammation and ulcers develop on the inside lining of the colon resulting in pain, urgent and bloody diarrhoea, and continual tiredness. The condition varies as to how much of the colon is affected Crohn’s disease.
  • It can affect anywhere from the mouth to the rectum but most commonly affects the small intestine. It causes inflammation, deep ulcers and scarring to the wall of the intestine and often occurs in patches.
  • The “main symptoms” are pain, urgent diarrhoea, general tiredness and loss of weight. Crohn’s is quite often associated with other inflammatory conditions affecting the joints, skin and eye.
Information Courtesy of:
The National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC )

For Further information visit the website:
www.nacc.org.uk

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