Happy Rare Disease Day!
Today is Rare Disease Day to raise awareness about rare diseases and the impact these diseases have on people’s lives. It is an international day held annually.
Stargardt’s Disease is considered a rare disease, with the incidence widely debated. Here are some statistics I can dig up about SD:
- SD affects about 1 in 10 000, so in Australia there should be approximately 2 300 people with SD ( I know about 10 so the other 2 290 people please get in touch!). There should be appropriately 31 800 in the United States and 6 400 in the UK.
- SD accounts for 7% of all retinal degeneration. Other retinal degenerations include retinitis pigmentosa, Usher’s disease and Leber congenital amaurosis.
- SD is also knows as fundus flavimaculatus. I’m pretty certain this is what Harry Potter would have called it if he were diagnosed.
- It is thought that 5% of the population carry an abnormal gene for processing vitamin A. So 5% of the population have the possibility of developing a retinal disease.
- 100% of those affected by SD are amazing people!