Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are lifelong, chronic, debilitating and largely hidden conditions that affect one in 250 Australians aged 5-49. The illnesses can be treated, but as yet there is no cure.
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Quick facts and stats
About IBD (Crohn's & colitis)
- More than 75,000 Australians have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease)
- The number of Australians with IBD is expected to rise dramatically to a figure of 100,000 in the next decade.
- Australia has one of the highest incidence and prevalence of IBD in the world
- IBD costs the nation $3.1 billion every year, and is more prevalent than epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Typical symptoms include the frequent and urgent need to use the toilet, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss, often resulting in depression, anxiety and isolation in sufferers.
About Crohn's & Colitis Australia (CCA)
- CCA is the peak body representing people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Australia
- CCA’s mission is to support the Crohn’s and colitis community with a focus on confidential support programs, including education, advocacy, counselling, increasing awareness and generating and utilising funds for research and programs
- For more information visit www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au or phone 1800 138 029