Some people find that certain foods make their symptoms
worse. If this happens to you, it makes sense to not eat those foods. But be
sure to eat a healthy, varied diet to keep your weight up and to stay
If you have severe symptoms and medicines don't help, you
may need surgery to remove your colon. Removing the colon
cures ulcerative colitis. It also prevents colon cancer.
How will ulcerative colitis affect your life?
People who have ulcerative colitis
for 8 years or longer also have a greater chance of getting
colon cancer. The longer you have had ulcerative colitis, the greater your risk.2 Talk to your
doctor about your need for cancer screening. These tests help find cancer
early, when it is easier to treat.3
Ulcerative colitis can be hard to live with. During a flare-up, it may
seem like you are always running to the bathroom. This can be embarrassing. And it
can take a toll on how you feel about yourself. Not knowing when the disease
will strike next can be stressful.
If you are having a hard time, seek support from family,
friends, or a counselor. Or look for a support group. It
can be a big help to talk to others who are coping with this disease.