Understanding ulcerative colitis
Each person with UC experiences symptoms of the disease differently, so the more you know about it, the easier it is to take an active role in your treatment plan. The information here may help answer some questions you may have; however, you should also consult your doctor.
UC is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The inner lining of part or all of the colon and usually the rectum are affected by inflammation.
What causes ulcerative colitis?
UC has no known causes; however, some studies suggest that several factors may play a role, such as your genes, the environment, and how your immune system works.
Who is affected by ulcerative colitis?
UC is not a rare or uncommon disease. An estimated 2 out of 1,000 adults in the United States have it.
Consider these facts:
- Men and women are diagnosed with UC equally.
- UC is most common in North America and Europe.
- In the US and Europe, UC is approximately 3 times more common in people of Jewish descent than in those of other ethnic backgrounds.
There are a variety of treatment options for UC. Your doctor will determine the one that is appropriate for you.
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