Epilepsy Facts . . . don’t ignore them!

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Epilepsy
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It’s one of those times of the year that I share facts about epilepsy.  My family is impacted by epilepsy and that is why I am passionate about raising awareness.  Take a moment to read them, and share them with your friends.

  • Epilepsy is the 3rd most common neurological disorder in the US after Alzheimer’s & stroke according to the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
  •  In America, Epilepsy is as common as Breast Cancer, and takes as many lives.
  • Epilepsy and seizures affects 3 million Americans of all ages. That’s more than the entire population of most large cities including Philadelphia or even Chicago and DOUBLE the number of people known to be affected by autism.
  • Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide. That’s more people than were living with HIV/AIDS in 2008 according to UNAIDS.
  • 200,000 cases are diagnosed in the US each year. More than 20 percent are children under the age of 15.
  • Three percent will develop epilepsy by age 75.
  • In 70 percent of the cases diagnosed, no known cause is found
  • There are over 40 different types of seizures. Not all of them involve convulsions.
  • The mortality rate is 2 to 3 times higher among people with epilepsy and the risk of sudden death is  24 times greater.
  • In two-thirds of patients diagnosed with Epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  • In over 30% of patients, seizures cannot be controlled with treatment.
  • Uncontrolled seizures may lead to brain damage and death.
  • According to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, about the same number of people die each year from seizures as die from either breast cancer or traffic accidents.
  • Historically, epilepsy research has been under-funded.  Each year NIH spends $30 billion of medical research, but just ½ of 1% is spent on epilepsy.

With these statistics how can you ignore the subject.  Join the cause and help us find a cure for epilepsy.

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