Crohn's Disease, also known as regional enteritis, is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that affect any any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms.
It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting or weight loss but may also cause complications outsid the gastointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, fatigue and lack of concentration.
Ulcerative Colitis (Colitis Ulcerosa, UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel Disease (IBD). Ulcerative Colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the intestine, specifically the large intestine or colon, that includes characteristiculcers or open sores in the colon.
The main symptom of active disease is usually constant diarrhoea mixed with blood of gradual onset. IBD is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a troublesome but much less serios condition. Ulcerative Colitis has similarities to Crohn's Disease.
Ulcerative Colitis is an intermitted disease with periods of exacerbated symptoms and periods that are relatively symptom-free. Although the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis can sometimes diminish on their own, the disease usually requires treatment to go into remission.
Colorectal Cancer, commonly known as Bowel Cancer, is a cancer caused by uncontrolled cell growth (neoplasia) in the colon, rectum or vermiform appendix.
Bowel Cancers start in the lining of the bowel. If left untreated, it can grow into the muscle layers underneath and then through the bowel wall. Most begin as a small growth on the bowel wall, a colorectal polyp or adenoma. These mushroom-shaped growths are usually benign but some develop into cancer over time. Localised bowel cancer is usually diagnosed through a colonoscopy.
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