Digestive disorders cost Canadians $18 billion annually in health care and lost productivity, study finds
Results of National Digestive Disorders Prevalence and Impact Study presented today
Each year, approximately 20 million people are affected by digestive disorders in
In order to break the silence surrounding digestive disorders, the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is presenting the results of its National Digestive Disorders Prevalence & Impact Study Report, Establishing Digestive Health as a National Priority, at the first ever Canadian Digestive Health Strategy and Action Plan Visioning Meeting. The Visioning Meeting brings together government officials, association heads, national foundations and leading physicians from across
"The recent prevalence and impact study clearly shows the escalating costs and reduced quality of life associated with digestive disorders," states
"Currently, there are chronic disease strategies in place to address cancer prevention, diabetes, heart health and arthritis; but none for digestive health," states
The enormous impacts digestive disorders have on Canadian lives, the economy and the health care system are grossly underestimated because government bodies, physicians and the public are uncomfortable openly discussing the symptoms associated with digestive disorders. As a result, there is often a delay in diagnosis, a greater socioeconomic impact and a lack of funding directed towards public education and research for digestive health.
"I personally experienced the tragic impacts digestive diseases can have, not only on patients, but also on their loved ones when my brother Mike died from esophageal cancer," states
The Canadian Digestive Health Strategy and Action Plan will create a comprehensive, integrated approach so Canadians at all levels can work to reduce the impact of digestive disorders. The purpose of the Visioning Meeting is two fold - to start recruiting the coalition that will work together to develop the strategy and to help collect a broad base of issues from all the key stakeholders. Then the coalition will work on developing new solutions as well as integrating with other health initiatives already underway. Attendees will share ideas on critical topics including prevention, education, delivery of services and the digestive health crisis affecting aboriginal Canadians and our aging population through a series of group working sessions.
About the Prevalence & Impact Study
The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Digestive Disorders Prevalence & Impact Study Report highlights the substantial socioeconomic burden that digestive disorders have on Canadian business, healthcare and individuals. All major areas of digestive disorders were examined in the study including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, liver disease and colon cancer.
Some of the results found in the study include: - Next to lung cancer, digestive cancers kill more Canadians than any other cancer type - 8 million Canadians suffer from lower gastrointestinal symptoms with an average of five million Canadians experiencing heartburn and/or acid regurgitation at least once each week - Canada has one of the highest rates of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in the world with over five million Canadians affected - Canada has the highest reported prevalence and incidence rates of IBD in the world with over 200,000 Canadians living with the disease - One in every 10 Canadians will develop a stomach ulcer at some point in their lifetime - In 2008, it was estimated that over 200,000 Canadians are living with IBD - In First Nation communities, approximately 75 per cent of the people are infected with H. pylori. H. pylori infection is considered to be a carcinogen by the World Health Organization as it is associated with the development of stomach cancer - In western countries, rates of celiac disease have nearly doubled in the last 25 years - Approximately 270,000 Canadians were infected with hepatitis B last year
A full version of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation National Digestive Disorders Prevalence & Impact Study Report is available for review at www.CDHF.ca.
About the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
Over 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes this is unnecessary and unacceptable. We reduce suffering and improve quality of life by empowering Canadians with trusted, up to date, science-based information about digestive health and disease.
As the Foundation of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, we work directly with leading physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals to help Canadians understand and take control of their digestive health with confidence and optimism. Through education and research, we strive to:
- REDUCE the incidence and prevalence of digestive disorders - IMPROVE understanding of digestive health issues - SUPPORT those suffering from digestive disorders - ENHANCE quality of life for those living with digestive disorders
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