World MS Day celebrated on 31 May 2017

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Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common neurological disorders and causes of disability in young adults.

There are about 2.3 million people with MS worldwide, and yet there are individuals who don’t report their diagnoses of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 31, with around twice as many women diagnosed as men.

As far as our knowledge stretches, there are no known causes or cures for MS, although some treatments can assist in improving the symptoms.

Each person reacts differently regarding the pattern and severity of this disease.

Symptoms of this disease include memory loss, blurred vison, fatigue and tingling sensations. In the worst case, individuals could face partial or complete paralysis.

Life expectancy has been estimated to be seven years less than that of the general population, but has increased over time.

MS interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. This year’s theme is Living with MS. Let us think about those individuals who are suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and assist them and their families in any way possible.

Statement issued – compiled by Jeretha Oosthuizen