International Women’s Day is close to our heart!
With a high proportion of the 23,000 plus people living with MS in Australia women (75%) and globally, twice as many women as men with MS, we are keen to mark this special day.
We know that for women, MS often hits when they are starting a career, family or other special milestone – the condition is often diagnosed between the ages of 20 to 40 - so in addition to health, MS can impact your social or economic wellbeing.
The reason for the difference in MS risk between men and women is not fully understood, nor the cause of the apparent increase in ratio in many countries over recent decades, but it’s thought changes in social and environmental factors with core genetic differences could be why.
MS Australia provides helpful material, resources and links to State and Territory Societies to help connect people with MS to support and services. Our colleagues at MS Research Australia are working hard to accelerate research that targets the prevention, better treatment and a cure for MS.
No two women experience MS the same way. For some, it comes and goes in severity. For others, it can be a progressive decline over time. For all, it’s life changing.
Many of our ‘Uninterrupted’ bloggers are women with MS who share their transformative journeys. Check out their stories and connect at: www.uninterrupted.org.au
Reference: MS International Federation ‘Atlas of MS’