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Medical acronyms such as "IBS" and "IBD" are often confusing to the general population. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ISB). IBS is a common disorder of the GI tract that affects 20-25% of the population and includes gastrointestinal discomfort that can be easily diagnosed and treated when detected through regular health screenings.

IBS should not be confused with IBD. These two acronyms represent very different conditions. IBD is a genetic disorder that is related to the function of the body's immune response system. More than 1.5 million Americans have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, which are the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. According to the American Cancer Society, people with IBD have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, and those patients may need to be screened for colorectal cancer more frequently. Accurate diagnosis for IBD is critical for the effective treatment of this condition. While IBD is not curable, physicians can successfully minimize symptoms and improve quality of life through specialized treatment and comprehensive care.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50. And now, you can have the procedure done at Woman’s—the only hospital centered on women!

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