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Other issues associated with IBS:

Cancer and IBS: IBS can produce symptoms that are problematic to the patient. Despite this, IBS does not lead to long term complications. It is certainly not associated with developing other serious diseases such as cancer.

Smoking and IBS: Smoking has the potential to cause a multitude of disease in long term use. It can lead to increased risks of gastro-intestinal cancers. In terms of the effects of smoking on IBS, there is no direct evidence to suggest that it changes the course of the disease. Smoking has little effect on IBS, but individual patients may note some changes in their symptoms due to the nicotine in cigarettes.

Passing on IBS: It is well established that IBS can cluster within families. There is no single gene that causes IBS so predicting if a family member or child will inherit IBS is difficult. The pattern of inheriting the illness is low and the risk is between zero and 30%. This is a range of figures but each case of IBS and every family is different.

Pregnancy and IBS: IBS is not considered a problem for pregnancy. It should not hinder the chances of conceiving nor having a normal course of pregnancy. Further studies in the future should shed more light in this area.


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBDclinic.org.au for individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Gastroparesisclinic.org for individuals with Gastroparesis


This website and its content is not intended or recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any medical questions or conditions.

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