May is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Australia has one of the highest rates of prevalence and incidence of Crohn’s and colitis in the world and the number of sufferers is predicted to reach 100,000 in less than ten years. [1] Over 70,000 people in Australia currently live with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition that is more prevalent than epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

May is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness month, a time to spread awareness about both the illnesses and the role of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia – as well as raising much needed funds for essential research and support services.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both classified under the umbrella of inflammatory bowel diseases in which the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen). Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine (colon) whereas Crohn’s disease can occur in any part of the intestines.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA), the peak patient body representing people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is urging Australians’ to talk about the diseases during the annual awareness month in May and urging the community, health professionals and policy makers to take action in support of people living with these chronic conditions.

Unfortunately, there is little understanding within the wider community about IBD diseases and therefore ignorance around symptoms and causes of IBD diseases. Common symptoms include the frequent and urgent need to use the toilet, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss.

Uncontrolled inflammation of the bowel can lead to the need for multiple surgeries and in some cases cause significant disability. An early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of IBD can significantly improve long term quality of life.

Liverpool Day Surgery has many Gastroenterologists who specialise in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, among our Gastroenterologists are Dr David Abi-Hanna, Dr Ahmad Alrubaie, Dr Darren Pavey, Dr Ken Koo, Dr Paul Edwards, Dr John Lee and Dr Milan Bassan. For further information regarding Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s contact the team at Liverpool Day Surgery on 9601 4488 or visit Liverpool Day Surgery to book time with our Doctors.