The facts say it all, help is needed to find a cure for epilepsy!

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Epilepsy
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My son has been living with epilepsy for the last nine years.  When it started the whole experience was frightening.  Dealing with neurologists was always a challenge.  And it was torture putting my son through all of the tests.  There is not a day that we are not reminded about his seizures.  We desperately need a cure and the only way to do it is to get more people supporting the research.

Check out these statistics that were provided by Jessica from Living Well With Epilepsy.  She also has other great information available on her site.

NIH Data
The NIH releases a report each February which provides detailed information on which diseases and conditions would receive how many millions of dollars in research funding. This information is available to the public and easily searched.

You can check out the full report here or you can take a look at the excerpted information below. As I did last year, I’ve pulled together information on research dollars allocated, prevalence, and new cases below so you can see the comparison to epilepsy.

2011 Numbers
Research dollars in millions
Epilepsy 
Estimated in 2011: $134
Estimated in 2012: $137
Prevalence: 3 million in US (50 million worldwide)
New Cases: 200,000 new cases each year in US
Deaths: 45,000 in US each year

Breast Cancer
Estimated in 2011: $763
Estimated in 2012: $778
Prevalence: 2.6 million in US
New Cases: 200,000 new cases
Deaths: 45,000 in US each year

Autism 
Estimated in 2011: $160
Estimated in 2012: $163
Prevalence: 1 in 110 children age 8 (no total number has been confirmed)
New Cases: 40,000 new cases each year in US

Stroke
Estimated in 2011: $337
Estimated in 2012: $343
Prevalence: 5.8 million in US
New Cases: 500,000 new cases each year in US

Alzheimers
Estimated in 2011: $450
Estimated in 2012: $458
Prevalence: 5.3 million in US
New Cases: 500,000 new cases each year in US


Sources for prevalence information: NINDS, CDC, NIH
Source for funding information: NIH Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories (RCDC) published February 14, 2011.

There are many ways you can make a difference in the fight against epilepsy:

SHARE  Share your story with friends and raise dollars for research by creating your own page on our website.

DONATE  Make a contribution. Every single dollar counts, and brings us closer to a cure!

HOST  Plan an event to raise dollars for research such as joining the National Walk  for Epilepsy.  If walking is not your thing how about volunteer some of your time.

With your help, we will raise awareness and much-needed research dollars, moving us one step closer to a future without epilepsy and seizures.  The statistics don’t lie, helping is the right thing to do.

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