Who gets ulcerative colitis?

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While the cause of inflammatory bowel disease (including ulcerative colitis) remains unclear, there does appear to be a genetic component, meaning that the disease runs in families. In fact, about 15-30 percent of people with IBD have a family member with the condition. Typically, people are first diagnosed with IBD in their late teens to early twenties, but people may develop the condition at any age.

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