In 1997, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disease (IFFGD) designated April as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. This period of awareness was intended to focus the attention on important health messages about IBS diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life. The month of April was first designated as IBS Awareness Month in 1997 and ‘Don’t Suffer in Silence’ was the theme for this awareness campaign.
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