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Voices of UC Survey Shows Need for Patients with Ulcerative Colitis to Speak Up about Debilitating Digestive Disease
Date:10/8/2010

t difficult to plan weekend trips or vacations.
  • One in three patients say having UC makes it hard to date or be in a relationship and keep plans with family and friends.
  • More than 25 percent of patients spend time or energy hiding their UC from co-workers and more than one-third miss days at work as a result of their UC.
  • Forty-two percent of patients report feeling depressed within the previous 30 days because of their condition, while nearly half say having UC causes them stress.

  • Visit www.VoicesofUC.com for more survey results, tips on discussing and overcoming the challenges of UC, and more on James Van Der Beek's story. For more information about the Digestive Disease National Coalition, visit: www.ddnc.org.

    The views and opinions shared in Voices of UC are those of the participants and are not necessarily representative of the views and opinions of Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc.  James Van Der Beek was compensated for his time in preparing for and participating in activities related to the Voices of UC.  

    About Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

    UC, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting nearly 500,000 people in the U.S., is marked by the inflammation and ulceration of the colonic mucosa, or innermost lining, which may lead to bloody stools, severe diarrhea and frequent abdominal pain. Tiny open sores, or ulcers, form on the surface of the lining where they bleed and produce pus and mucus. Symptoms of the disease may lead to loss of appetite, subsequent weight loss, and fatigue. UC is a chronic disease, and there is no cure. Although progress has been made in IBD research, investigators do not know what causes this disease.

    About the 2010 Voices of UC surveys

    One-thousand patient survey respondents were identified
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