Rare Disease Facts & Stats


According to GLobal Genes


  • There are over 7,000 distinct types of rare diseases
  • Rare Diseases affect 30 million Americans, or 1 in 10 people, and 350 million people worldwide
  • 95% of Rare Diseases do not have a single FDA approved drug treatment and there are no cures
  • Approximately 50% of rare diseases do not have a disease specific foundation supporting or researching their rare disease 
  • 80% of rare diseases have a genetic origin

Fun Facts: 

  • If all of the people with Rare Diseases lived in one country, it would be the world’s 3rd most populous country
  • While individual diseases are rare, the combination of all rare diseases creates a global health crisis
  • Within the rare disease community, mis-diagnosis and under-diagnosis is a serious issue

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