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General questions about UC?



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Your experience with ulcerative colitis (UC) is unique, so doing research and asking questions may help you get the answers you need. Some of the common questions about UC are addressed here to help you have a conversation with your doctor and other specialists, as well as with family, friends, and other people with UC.

UC is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the inner lining of the rectum and part (or all) of the colon can be affected by inflammation. The cause of UC is unknown. Research points to multiple factors that may play a role, such as your genes, the environment, and how your immune system works.

UC is not uncommon: it affects about 2 in every 1,000 adults in the US and men and women equally UC is not uncommon: it affects about 2 in every 1,000 adults in the US and men and women equally.

UC affects men and women equally. It may be comforting to know that you are not alone in dealing with this disease: an estimated 2 out of 1,000 adults in the United States have UC.

UC is most common in North America and Europe. In the US and Europe, people of Jewish descent are 2 to 4 times more likely to have UC than those of other ethnic backgrounds.

The symptoms you have, their severity, and how long they last may vary over time and compared to others with UC. There are some common symptoms you may experience and should know about so that you can discuss them with your doctor. Learn more about ulcerative colitis symptoms
There are several treatments used for UC. They are thought to work in different ways. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for UC and find out which may be right for you. Click here to learn more about ulcerative colitis treatment options