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Helicobacter pylori and Peptic Ulcer Disease

Thousands of ulcer sufferers may have an extra reason to celebrate this year when they hear the good news about the cause - and the new cure - for their ulcer. Recent research shows that nine out of every 10 peptic ulcers are caused by an infectious bacterium, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), and can be permanently cured with antibiotics.  Other ulcers are caused by nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin or ibuprofen.  Currently, there are several combination drug therapies of antibiotics which can be taken over the course of a few weeks to cure those ulcers caused by the infection.  So, instead of suffering through years of pain and temporary relief, ulcer patients can now be cured for good.

To draw attention to this good news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the H. pylori Partnership have created Ulcer Awareness Week, a new national health observance campaign.  CDC and the H. pylori Partnership, a coalition of public and private organizations and academic institutions, are excited that you are joining in the effort to increase awareness about the link between H. pylori infection and ulcer disease.

Since more than 25 million Americans will develop a peptic ulcer at some point during their lifetime, it is important that people know that most ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection that can be cured for good by a course of antibiotics.  By educating the public and encouraging ulcer sufferers to see a health professional about the cause of their ulcer, we can substantially reduce the estimated $6 billion annual burden on the nation's health care systems, and put an end to the pain and frustration felt by millions of ulcer sufferers.

Get Ready to "Celebrate the Cure"

Cure Found!

The H. pylori Partnership runs an annual national ulcer education campaign and will be kicking off Ulcer Awareness Week nationally October 1-7, 2001.  However, in order to change misperceptions about ulcers, our efforts need to be broadened through additional partners and into local communities.

To help you plan activities around Ulcer Awareness Week, we've developed this Planner's Kit containing strategies, messages and materials that will enable you to create a campaign that fits the needs of your organization.  This year's theme is "Celebrate the Cure."  Enclosed in the kit you will find helpful guidance on conducting campaigns through local promotions and the media, plus a variety of sample materials for reproduction and use.  This kit is for associations, organizations, companies and government to provide to their local constituencies.

Participants in Ulcer Awareness Week 2001 can receive free educational materials such as brochures, posters and fact sheets in English and Spanish. If your organization plans to support Ulcer Awareness Week, please call 404-371-5376 or email ulcers@cdc.gov to request materials.

Call 1-888-my ulcer
For information about H. pylori infection and ulcers,
see your health care provider or call toll-free: 1-888-MY-ULCER.
 
 

Email Your Plans for Ulcer Awareness Week along with your thoughts and comments to ulcers@cdc.gov

Page Last Modified: September 28, 2006
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