Serious diseases

UEG and its members focus on diseases that affect various parts of the digestive tract. Many not only reduce quality of life, but may also carry considerable risks if not diagnosed swiftly and treated properly.

Gastroenterological diseases cannot be taken too seriously. One of the most threatening gastrointestinal diseases is colorectal cancer, the second most common cancer in Europe.  In recent years more than 200,000 patients have died of this disease annually. 

The mortality rates within the European Union from cancer of the pancreas, of the oesophagus and of the liver amount to around 60,000, 30,000 and 28,000 respectively each year.

Non-malignant diseases

There are also other serious, non-malignant diseases such as Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease. All these add significantly to the overall human and financial burden of digestive disorders in Europe and beyond.

The most important diseases in this area are:

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and dyspepsia
  • Coeliac disease
  • Metabolic syndrome (including obesity and fatty liver disease)
  • Chronic liver disease (including hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis and liver cancer)
  • Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
  • Gastrointestinal cancers (including their early diagnosis and prevention)

Collaboration with patient organisations

UEG is enthusiastic about cooperation with patient organizations. At the occasion of the annual congress the Public Affairs Committee collaborates with several patient organizations and organized Public Health Events.

In doing so we provide an ideal forum for discussion among patients and world renowned experts.
Proceeds  of the Charity Fun Runs are donated to patient organizations. For more information please contact the UEG Secretariat.

We cooperate with the following patient organizations:

CRC Awareness

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UEG Week Press Centre

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