ABOUT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

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Multiple Sclerosis is a complex disease

While Multiple Sclerosis is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it also affects children as young as two years old. The impact is felt by family, friends and the community. MS is unpredictable and can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure.

The MS Society of Canada is there to help. No one needs to face MS alone. In communities across Canada, the society’s volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people living with MS and their families at their local chapters. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and better treatments. Their ultimate goal is the cure for MS.

Did you know …

  • Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world.
  • MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.
  • Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.
  • Women are more than three times likely to develop MS as men.
  • MS can cause loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis.
  • MS was first identified and described by a French neurologist, Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, in 1868.
  • We don’t know what causes MS but researchers are closer to finding the answer.

For more information please visit the MS Society of Canada website at www.mssociety.ca

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