What is a Rare Disease?
What is a rare Disease?
According to Global Genes, a disease is defined as rare when it affects less than 200,000 people.
- Rare Diseases affect 30 million Americans, or 1 in 10 people, and 350 million people worldwide
- If all of the people with Rare Diseases lived in one country, it would be the world’s 3rd most populous country
- Rare Diseases affect more people than AIDS and Cancer COMBINED
- 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
According to Eudrodis,
- Lack of scientific knowledge and reliable information around rare diseases
- Common symptoms hide underlying rare diseases, leading to misdiagnosis and delaying treatment
- Massive social and financial burdens
- No existing effective cures adds to high level of pain and suffering endured by patients and their families
- Rare Diseases often significantly affects a patient's quality of life