More people face IBD diagnosis every day – Midland Reporter-Telegram

Robin Kingham is a former Reporter-Telegram employee who raises money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America through the Team Challenge program. This year she has signed up for two half-marathons and is serving as a mentor for both. For more information or to make a donation text DONATE to 37332. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Did you know today 88 people will find out they have either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? According to the Center for Disease Control’s website, www.cdc.gov, “IBD is one of the five most prevalent gastrointestinal disease burdens in the United States, with an overall health care cost of more than $1.7 billion. This chronic condition is without a medical cure and commonly requires a lifetime of care. Each year in the United States, IBD accounts for more than 700,000 physician visits, 100,000 hospitalizations and disability in 119,000 patients. Over the long term, up to 75 percent of patients with Crohn’s disease and 25 percent of those with ulcerative colitis will require surgery.”

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