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Millions Mark World Psoriasis Day on Oct. 29

Thursday, October 29, 2009 General News J E 4
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National Psoriasis Foundation asks Americans affected by psoriatic diseases to take action

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today is World Psoriasis Day and the National Psoriasis Foundation is asking all Americans affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to raise awareness about these diseases by going to www.psoriasis.org/wpd and taking action.  

Psoriasis, a painful and disfiguring autoimmune disease that appears on the skin, affects an estimated 125 million people worldwide. In the U.S., psoriasis impacts as many as 7.5 million Americans, making it the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, swelling and stiffness around the joints.

New findings show that psoriasis frequently occurs with a range of other health concerns including Crohn's disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, depression, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

"World Psoriasis Day helps draw attention to the seriousness of psoriatic diseases," said Kathleen Gallant, member of the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Trustees and executive committee secretary of the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations. "Psoriasis not only impacts people physically, but also emotionally and financially as well."

During the sixth annual World Psoriasis Day, awareness activities will occur all over the world to help increase understanding, improve access to treatments and build unity among the psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis community.

To learn more about World Psoriasis Day activities in the U.S., visit www.psoriasis.org/wpd.

About World Psoriasis Day

Held on Oct. 29, the purpose of World Psoriasis Day is to raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. World Psoriasis Day is sponsored by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, a global consortium of patient associations, including the National Psoriasis Foundation. Visit www.worldpsoriasisday.com to learn more.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit patient advocacy organization, and the voice for millions of Americans who are affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. For more information, call the Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit www.psoriasis.org.

SOURCE National Psoriasis Foundation

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