New York State Recognizes First Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month in NYC

New York State Recognizes First Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month in NYC
Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness MonthThe city of New York announced that, for the first time ever, this August is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month, after the approval of a resolution by the New York State legislature. In the resolution text, legislators justify the decision based on some facts about the diseases, such as their impact on patients’ daily lives -- namely about 85,000 New Yorkers -- the fact that they affect both men and women, adults and children (even though the disease is increasing in the number of diagnosed young people), the resemblance between the two diseases that sometimes complicates an accurate diagnosis, their effect on the body’s immune system that leads it to cause chronic inflammation, and the fact that they can cause ulcerations and bowel injuries that lead to pain and debilitation. The work of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is also highlighted in preventing, supporting, and improving patients’ quality of life, as well as supporting research to find a cure and educate people about the disease. According to a recent press release, CCFA leader Richard J. Geswell a
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