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Psoriasis is So Much More than a Skin Disease

  • You are not alone – psoriasis affects a million Canadians and more than 125 million worldwide.
  • Research shows psoriasis prevalence varies among different ethnic groups.
  • In Canada, the prevalence of psoriasis is estimated at approximately 2.8%.
  • According to a recent Canadian database study, 85% of those with psoriasis have chronic plaque psoriasis; from which 28% of cases are considered moderate to severe.
  • Psoriasis is a common and distressing disease that is not simply a cosmetic problem – even those with mild symptoms find this condition affects their everyday lives.
  • The effect of psoriasis on quality of life has been shown to be similar to other chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis or type 2 diabetes.
  • Individuals with psoriasis are at an elevated risk of developing additional serious health conditions - known as comorbidities - such as psoriatic arthritis, and they are also at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and depression.
  • Fifty percent of individuals living with psoriasis are dissatisfied with their current treatment therapies.

“The effect of psoriasis on quality of life has been shown to be similar to other chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis or type 2 diabetes.”

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