In the United States, about 400,000 people suffer from MS
Worldwide, it’s estimated that more than 2.3 million people have MS
MS occurs in different ethnic groups. This includes African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanics. However, the most common ethnic group affected by MS is white people with Northern European ancestry. Certain areas have a higher concentration of people with MS. This may mean:
Relapsing MS is at least 2 to 3 times more common in women than in men
If you have a parent or sibling with MS, you have a 2.5% to 5% chance of developing it
Being an identical twin with someone who has MS raises your risk to 25%
If you’re living with MS, it’s clear you’re not alone. The world is filled with people who have already crossed the same hurdles as you. Learn how support groups can help you talk about your MS and meet others in a similar situation.
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From Dr. Williams—Neurologist
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