IBS and IBD
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is different than Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ISB).
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that affects 20-25 percent of the population. It includes gastrointestinal discomfort that can be easily diagnosed and treated when detected through regular health screenings.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (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. While IBD is not curable, physicians can successfully minimize symptoms and improve quality of life through specialized treatment and comprehensive care.
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.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50.