Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month Sweeping Canada

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month Sweeping Canada
November is the Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month in Canada, and the Crohn's and Colitis Canada organization is working to raise awareness of the damaging consequences these two major types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can have on health and life quality, especially in younger people. Canada is one of the world’s hotspots for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis for reasons that remain a mystery. It is estimated that one out of every 150 Canadians has one disease or the other, one of the highest rates in the world. According to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s campaign, Make it stop. For life, this statistic is more alarming due to the rates at which children are now being diagnosed. The incidence of Crohn’s disease in those younger than age 10 has doubled in Canada since the mid-1990s. Due to an atypical response of the body’s immune system, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and its effects —  internal bleeding, intermittent pain, and fatigue — can last a lifetime. “Crohn’s and colitis can significantly impact the ability of both children and adults to participate in daily activities. This often limits their success in school and work and increases isolation,” said Mina Mawani, President and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, in a press release. “We strive to improve the lives of people affected by these diseases. Crohn’s and Colitis ‘Make it stop. For life’ campaign was created to help stop the pain, stop the surgeries, and stop
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