World IBD Day May 19th Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

In 2016, on the 19th May, over 40 countries worldwide, are uniting in an effort to increase awareness about World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day.

Crohn’s and Colitis disease (part of IBD) are gastrointestinal disorders.  Usually symptoms include inflammation in the colon, rectum and gastrointestinal tract, some episodes are so severe, they may require hospitalisation.

What makes this disease so challenging for over 75,000 Australians is the unpredictability and the sudden onset of symptoms.  As these are chronic, lifelong conditions, it takes an emotional and psychological toll on people to adjust to and manage the various symptoms.

Some Key Statistics:

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Prevention is your number one defense against IBD.  Each day, 12 Australians pass away from bowel cancer.  It has the second highest cancer fatality rate (behind breast cancer) and with bowel screening kits readily available it is easier than ever to get tested.

Screening is carried out with a kit purchased from the link above.  The test is called a Faecal Occult Blood Test.  A small sample of your faeces (poo) gets examined for traces of blood.  A detection of blood if found, may indicate that polyps or nodules could be growing in your bowel, causing it to bleed.

Please be aware that blood in your sample may not be due to bowel cancer.  If further testing is required, you can be referred to a specialist for a colonoscopy.

Antibiotics and other medications reduce the severity of symptoms, allowing tissues to heal, with the aim to minimise them to a level where they are undetectable, in conjunction with a modified diet.

Remission is possible by monitoring your diet, reducing stress and taking medication regularly to manage symptoms.  A healthier digestive system is closely linked to a healthier bowel.  For more information about treatment, diet and symptoms please visit