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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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What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

The mornings with irritable bowel syndrome are the most challenging for Jeffrey Roberts. His stomachcramps up. He feels like he needs to be near a bathroom at all times. So he gives himself at least 2 hours to get ready for work. When he goes out, he often takes routes he knows will have public restrooms along the way. This is reality for Roberts and up to 20% of American adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some point in their lives. Their exact symptoms, and the severity, may...

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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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