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Rare disease day 2017

Friday, February 03, 2017
By:  Florie Borel

Help us raise awareness for rare diseases! Learn more about the upcoming Rare Disease Day and how it may help patients suffering from rare diseases.

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Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. It aims at raising awareness for rare diseases, also called orphan diseases, who affect a small number of people worldwide.

What is a rare disease?

The definition of an orphan disease varies. In Europe, it is defined as a disease affecting less than 1 in 2000. In the US, it is defined as a disease that affects less than 200,000 Americans at a given time.

What can we do?

People who suffer from rare diseases can face many obstacles: delay in diagnosis but also difficult access to treatment or even absence of treatment. We believe that awareness can improve this situation and make life better for those patients and their families. Take this opportunity to learn more about rare diseases and support local events. You can also share this information on social media!

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Want to participate and raise rare disease awareness? Upload the image above as your Facebook profile picture during the whole month of February!