Autoimmune Disease (AD) is a major health problem, yet it is not taken seriously in comparison to cancer or heart disease.
Here are some figures that show this inequity only too clearly:
NIH estimates up to 24 million Americans* have an AD.
Cancer affects up to 9 million.
Heart disease up to 22 million.
* AARDA say that 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease. Why the difference? The NIH numbers only include 24 diseases for which good epidemiology studies were available. We now know there are over 100 auto-immune diseases.
50 million Americans with autoimmune disease – that’s 5 times more people with AD than those with cancer. Even the low estimate of 24 million, makes AD 3 times more prevalent than cancer!
FUNDING FOR RESEARCH
NIH research FUNDING in 2003 (source: NIH):
cancer funding came to $6.1 billion;
heart and stroke received $2.4 billion;
AD came in way behind ONLY receiving $591 million (not billions).
HEALTH CARE COSTS
NIH estimates annual direct HEALTH CARE COSTS for:
AD to be in the range of $100 billion (source: NIH presentation by Dr. Fauci, NIAID).
In comparison, cancers costs are $57 billion (source: NIH,ACS), and heart and stroke costs are $200 billion (source: NIH, AHA).
CAN YOU SEE THE DISCREPANCY HERE? Cancer affects far fewer people and is less costly in health care, yet it gets far more research funding and far more overall publicity and support. It’s time there was some equality here – please take action to speak out for Auto-immune disease.
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[SOURCE for this article: http://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/autoimmune-statistics/#sthash.4S3H6Rw6.SBvTxElQ.dpuf]