Key fIgures and prevalence of Crohn's disease

About 115,000 people in the UK are living with Crohn's disease, or around 1 in 1000 of the population.


The number of patients diagnosed with the disease is rising: it is estimated that there are between 4000 and 5000 new cases each year. The disease affects more women than men, and tends to first present in the twenties.

Young sufferers

In the UK, Crohn's disease mainly affects young people. The onset of Crohn's disease has two age peaks: the first and largest peak occurs between the ages of 15-30 years; the second much smaller peak is between 60-80 years.

Crohn's disease is becoming increasingly recognised in children of all ages and 20-30% are diagnosed before the age of 20. One study recorded a rising incidence of all forms of IBD in Scotland.

Last updated: 22/10/2018

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