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Digestive Health Statistics

Problems by the numbers

  • Approximately 40% of Americans experience heartburn at least once a month.  Ten percent have heartburn weekly.
  • About 50 million Americans have trouble digesting dairy products, a condition called lactose intolerance.
  • An estimated 30 to 45 million Americans experience abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • About 3 million Americans say they have frequent constipation.
  • About one in 10 Americans develops an ulcer at some point in his or her life.
  • More than 2.7 million Americans are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus.
  • Cancer of the colon and rectum is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.  It takes more than 57,000 lives each year.

  • Source: Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health, 2nd edition, 2004

Other Statistics:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/digestiv.htm
 
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