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Facts & Figures
- In the United States today, there are approximately 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis.
- Worldwide, multiple sclerosis is thought to affect more than 2.1 million people.
- Multiple sclerosis is five times more prevalent above the 37th parallel. The Washington-Oregon border is at the 49th parallel.
- Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- Although multiple sclerosis occurs in most ethnic groups, it is twice as common in Caucasians of northern European ancestry.
- Multiple Sclerosis is 2-3 times more common in women than men.
- Estimates place the annual cost of multiple sclerosis in the United States in the billions of dollars.
- Approximately 200 people are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every week.
- There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, but medicines may slow it down and help control symptoms.
- Most people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis between the ages of 20 and 40.