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Epidemiology of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are often not associated with any symptoms and people may be unaware they have them. However, if symptoms do develop, they may include the following:

Bleeding and/or pain on passing a stool A lump around or inside the anus Sense that bowel emptying has been incomplete Itchiness or soreness around the anus Mucus discharge from the anus Prevalence

Worldwide, the overall prevalence of hemorrhoids in the general population is estimated to be 4.4%.

There has been a paucity of literature reporting on the epidemiology of hemorrhoids and prevalence is not well documented. However, experts have noticed that in the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK), the number of people visiting hospital as a result of hemorrhoids has fallen.

The “HD Treatment Center,” a provider of hemorrhoid treatment in North Carolina has published some statistics to create some awareness about the incidence of hemorrhoids.

According to the HD Treatment Center, estimates suggest that around half of Americans develop hemorrhoids by time they are aged 50 and only a small proportion of those people seek therapy. The number of people in the US suffering from hemorrhoids is estimated to be around 10.4 million and 1 million new cases occur each year. Ten to 20% of those new cases require surgery.