May 19 World IBD Day. World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day. A day when IBD patients, their supporters and IBD organizations worldwide join hands to raise visibility and awareness of IBD, create more understanding of the impact these diseases have on lives and show the large numbers of people affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Globally, there are estimated to be well over five million people affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In Canada, there are over 200,000 Canadians diagnosed with IBD; it affects more people than multiple sclerosis or HIV and is almost as prevalent as epilepsy and Type 1 diabetes. 9,000 more Canadians will be diagnosed this year. Despite that, IBD remains a closet disease, shrouded in silence and relatively unknown.