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The Basics of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease; it causes chronic inflammation that affects the large intestines (also known as the colon) and the rectum.  Symptoms include: abdominal cramping, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and fatigue.  23-45% of people with UC may require surgery.  (Data provided by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation)

Surgery eliminates the risk of colorectal cancer which is higher in those with IBD.  It also eliminates the dangerous side effects of the various medications used to treat UC.

Ulcerative Colitis is an auto-immune condition.  There are a lot of unknowns about auto-immune conditions.  They are thought to be caused by one of multiple possible factors: genetics, environment, and immune response to bacterial or viral infection.

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