What Is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes irritation, inflammation, and ulcers in the lining of your large intestine, or colon.
UC is different from other diseases with similar symptoms, like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. There’s no cure, and people usually have symptom flare-ups off and on for life. But the right treatments can help you keep a handle on the disease.
Who Gets It?
UC strikes men and women equally. It most often begins during the teenage years or early adulthood, but can develop at other times, too. People with a family history of irritable bowel syndrome are at least 10 times more likely to develop the condition than those with no history. Caucasians and people of Jewish descent also have an increased risk.