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Parkinson's Prevalence Project

Parkinson’s Foundation Prevalence Project Finds Number of People With Parkinson’s Severely Underestimated

Date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

When a large population of people have a disease, like Parkinson’s disease (PD), it’s essential to have accurate numbers of how many people have the disease, where they live and why they have it.

Category: 
Research Round Up

Prevalence Project

When a large population of people have a disease like Parkinson’s disease (PD), it’s essential to have accurate numbers of how many people have the disease, where they live and why they have it. This information helps researchers, healthcare professionals and even legislators determine how many resources should be allocated to addressing and treating a disease. Key terms, like incidence and prevalence, are often used when talking about who has PD. 

Statistics

Who Has Parkinson's?

  • Nearly one million will be living with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the U.S. by 2020, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
  • More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
  • Incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
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