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Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may last for a long time. But IBS doesn't cause cancer or shorten your life.

The pattern of IBS varies from one person to the next and from one bout to the next. Some people have symptoms off and on for many years. You may go months or years without having any symptoms. But most people have symptoms that keep coming back. It is rare for a person to have symptoms constantly.

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Stress, Anxiety, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

It is not entirely clear how stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are related -- or which one comes first -- but studies show they tend to co-exist. "If you do diagnostic interviews, what you find is that about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders," says Edward Blanchard, PhD, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. The most common mental ailment suffered by people with IBS is generalized anxiety disorder...

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Between 7 and 10 out of 100 people in the world have irritable bowel syndrome.2 But most people with IBS don't see a doctor about their symptoms.

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Last Updated: November 05, 2012
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