It is time to shine a spotlight on the fact that we are in the midst of an epilepsy crisis. In preparing Living Well With Epilepsy’s Donate Online page, I discovered a few statistics I thought were worth sharing.
I’ve known for a while that Epilepsy is as prevalent and as deadly as breast cancer. However, I didn’t realize how far the prevalence and mortality statistics surpass other conditions.
Below you will see how Epilepsy and AIDS compare:
|65 Mil living with epilepsy||1.2 Mil living with AIDS|
|200K new cases each year||50K new cases each year|
|50K deaths each year||16K deaths each year(2008)|
Stigma as a common thread
Epilepsy, Breast Cancer and AIDS are vastly different in their functionality. However, the comparison is important.
Stigma was an issue for people diagnosed with both breast cancer and AIDS. Yet, through a groundswell of community support, the negative stigma surrounding both conditions was overcome. This overwhelming support made way for research dollars and programming to bring both conditions out of the shadows.
Let me know your thoughts on the stats above.