MS on the Up. 130,000 reasons why we need to do better

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New Government statistics show that there are more cases of MS in UK than thought. The new estimate is about 130,000 (1 in 500) with 7,00 diagnosed each week.

New Government Figure were based on results in England

MS estimated prevalence is 190 cases per 100,000 population, with 105,800 individuals in England

MS is more than twice as common in females than males, 272 versus 106 per 100,000 population

females in the 50 to 59 years age group are 3 times more likely than males of a similar age to have MS (578 and 184 per 100,000 population respectively)

highest prevalence for MS occurs in the 60 to 69 years age group for both sexes (females 598 and males 228 per 100,000 population)

75% of males and females with MS are aged between 40 and 74 years of age

MS estimated incidence of between 8 and 11 new cases diagnosed each year in England per 100,000 population

on average 4,950 new cases of MS are diagnosed each year in England

smoking rates among males with MS are likely to be higher than those in the general population

males and females with MS are more likely to be ex-smokers than males and females in the general population

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