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First Annual Observance of World IBD Day Draws Awareness to Growing Global Incidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Date:4/29/2010

quo;The World Digestive Health Day (WDHD)” and this year it will focus on raising awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

“While IBD is considered a disease of developed nations through the latter half of the 20th century, it now affects persons on all continents,” says Dr. Charles Bernstein, campaign leader of WGO’s World Digestive Health Day 2010. “The evolution of IBD in emerging nations may provide clues to its etiology, so it is incumbent upon us to ensure that diagnosis and management of IBD can be optimized everywhere. It is my honor to chair this effort on behalf of the World Gastroenterology Organization and to lend our support to the IBD patient groups organizing World IBD Day.”

Collectively, the patient organizations leading the World IBD Day campaign have contributed well in excess of $250 million to basic and clinical IBD research over the past 43 years. This has resulted in the development of new drugs and diagnostics, improving the prospects of patients for longer and healthier lives. But the search for better approaches with fewer side effects, and ultimately, prevention and cure is more ambitious than ever, as scientific advances in genomics and genetics allow for more profound discoveries.

About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)

 
  • Although IBD is treatable with a number of medications and surgeries, it is still not curable.
  • Diagnosis can be complicated and take many years.
  • The incidence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative have increased steadily in the past 50 years – especially among youth.
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