World IBD Day

World IBD Day Quick Facts

2021 Date19 May 2021
2022 Date19 May 2022
World IBD Day

World IBD Day History

World IBD Day seeks to raise awareness about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This disease includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They are inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract, believed to be caused by a defective immune system. Treatment can include medication or surgery in severe cases. This day urges governments and healthcare professionals to take action and show support for those affected by IBD.

World IBD Day was established in 2010 by the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. It is observed annually on 19 May.

World IBD Day Facts

  • According to the European Federation of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA), about 5 million people are affected by IBD around the world.
  • It is currently unknown what causes IBD, but according to the EFCCA, studies have indicated that inflammation in IBD involves a complex interaction of factors. These include the genes the person has inherited, their immune system, and environmental factors.
  • Studies have shown that 5% to 20% of individuals affected with Crohn's disease have a direct relative (parents, child, or sibling) with the disease.

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