On Nov. 1, to kick off Crohns and Colitis Awareness Month, CCFC launched a report intended to raise awareness of IBD in Canada, and to lead to new research opportunities and improved quality of life for Canadians living with IBD. At a panel discussion held at Torontos Mount Sinai Hospital on Nov. 1, Mount Sinai president and CEO, Joseph Mapa, said that digestive health is one of the key programs at Mount Sinai, and we employ some of the most talented people in the world. I am proud that the CCFC allows us to be part of the discussion and solution to IBD, so we can continue our important work. Dr. Kevin Glasgow, CEO of the CCFC, discussed some of the findings of the report, as well as the goals of the CCFC. In CCFCs perfect world, people would already be cured, he said. We are getting closer, but were not there yet. Until that day comes, we have an obligation to improve quality of life by reducing the impact of living with IBD. Glasgow talked about some of the challenges that a person suffering from IBD faces, including general lack of awareness of the disease, late diagnoses, poor access to IBD specialists and clinics, and lack of insurance coverage for expensive yet critical medications. Employment issues are very common, with 21,000 people with IBD unable to work every year, and over 40 per cent of people taking short-term leaves, he said. Even those in remission suffer from fear and anxiety in anticipation of a future relapse. Panellist Ruth Scully, a volunteer with CCFC, has two children with IBD.
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