Today, February 28, is Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day was established in 2008 as a way to raise awareness of rare diseases and bring focus to research and treatments.
Individually, each of the approximately 7,000 rare diseases have an incidence of fewer than 200,000 people in the United States affected at any given time. However, when considered altogether, rare diseases affect as many as 1 in 10 Americans and over 350 million people worldwide.
These rare conditions have a wide variety of symptoms, severity, and treatments. Some are life threatening while others can be managed. What most have in common, however, are a genetic cause. About 80% of rare diseases have a genetic origin.
For 2019, the theme for Rare Disease Day is “Bridging Health and Social Care,” which focuses on bridging the coordination gaps among medical, social, and supportive services for those afflicted with rare diseases.
Knowing if you are a carrier for a rare disease is powerful information to have, especially if you are thinking about having children. To learn more about screening to determine whether or not you could be a carrier, visit our website at https://nxgenmdx.com/genetic-screening.
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