This May, UEG will celebrate their fourth annual Digestive Health Month in order to raise awareness of chronic digestive diseases.
Chronic digestive diseases encompass a wide range of long-term health conditions, including digestive cancers, liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease and functional GI disorders. Many chronic digestive diseases, such as digestive cancers, are strongly related to age and the ageing European population there poses a difficult challenge to the sustainability of healthcare systems in the years to come. This, coupled with alarming levels of rising obesity and heavy alcohol consumption across the continent, has major implications for future healthcare provision throughout Europe.
Despite their considerable prevalence and impact, many chronic digestive diseases remain poorly understood, are extremely underfunded and attract little attention.
UEG invites member societies, national societies, stakeholders, policymakers, healthcare professionals and members of the public to join Digestive Health Month to help raise awareness of chronic digestive diseases. UEG will be posting sharable content on social media throughout the month and also mark key awareness days taking place in May; including International Coeliac Day, World IBD and World Digestive Health Day.
The theme for this year’s World Digestive Health Day, taking place on the 29 May, is ‘early diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer’. Organised by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), the awareness day focuses upon a particular digestive disease or disorder in order to increase general public awareness of prevention, prevalence, diagnosis, management and treatment of the disease. UEG supports the WGO for World Digestive Health Day and will be sharing collateral relating to digestive cancers throughout the day.
Another key focus for Digestive Health Month will be on the link between nutrition and digestive health and UEG will produce a thought-leadership report to highlight key data such as EU obesity rates and the link between diet and digestive cancers.