Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) | Complications

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Am I at risk for other problems due to inflammatory bowel disease?

If you have inflammatory bowel disease, you are at an increased risk of colon cancer. Talk to your doctor about when to start screening for colon cancer and how often to have screening.

Because Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis keep coming back and their symptoms cannot be predicted ahead of time, patients who have these illnesses can become depressed. If you feel depressed, talk with your family doctor. An antidepressant medicine could help you feel better.

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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 01/98

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