New Report by Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada reveals the cost of IBD in Canada in 2008 will be more than $1.8 Billion

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
(CCFC) is releasing The Burden of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Canada
report, a comprehensive report detailing the burden of the two most common
forms of IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The report reveals the
total cost of IBD in Canada will be more than $1.8 billion in 2008. This cost
includes $753 million in direct medical expenses such as hospitalization,
surgery and prescription drug therapy and over $1 billion in indirect expenses
such as short term work absences, caregiver expenses and productivity losses
from premature deaths.
    "The Burden of IBD report confirms that Canada has among the highest
rates of IBD in the world," says Dr. Teresa Longobardi of the University of
Manitoba and Chair of the Steering Committee that developed the report. "As a
result, it is our responsibility to support the intensive medical research
required to find a cure for IBD."
    Afflicting 200,000 Canadians, IBD is more common than Multiple Sclerosis
or HIV and about as common as Epilepsy or Type 1 Diabetes. The average
per-person cost in Canada is more than $9,000 per year and there are no known
causes or cures.

    November is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month
    This November is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month and CCFC is asking
all Canadians to educate themselves about IBD and join their search for a
cure. "By raising awareness we can reduce the social stigma that is common
with these diseases and help maximize overall quality of life for Canadian
patients," says Dr. Kevin Glasgow, Chief Executive Officer of the CCFC. "A
better understanding of IBD can help to raise and direct funds for research,
improve the treatment of these diseases and ultimately find a cure."
    Due to the significant research investment made by CCFC, much progress
has been made in understanding the fundamental biology of the intestine and
the genetic and environmental factors in IBD. Despite these advances, there
are still significant regional disparities in diagnosis and treatment, a
declining number of gastrointestinologists and long wait times for
endoscopies. For more information on IBD, Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month
or to download a copy of the Burden of IBD report, please visit

    About the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is a voluntary,
not-for-profit, medical research foundation dedicated to finding the cure for
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The Foundation is committed to
educating IBD patients, their families, health professionals and the general
public about the diseases. For more information about the CCFC, please visit

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