In some cases, IBS symptoms can be so severe and disruptive that it's logical to think that it must be doing long-term damage to the body or putting you at risk for cancer. You will be relieved to know that there is no evidence that IBS leads to cancer or any other more serious health problem. You can also take comfort in the fact that IBS has no effect on your overall health or life expectancy.
Many IBS sufferers also worry that their symptoms are actually caused by cancer that their doctors have missed. Doctors can make a fairly confident diagnosis of IBS if the Rome III diagnostic criteria are met and if there are no red-flag digestive symptoms.
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