Thursday, 9 January 2014

Rare disease patients outnumber cancer patients

I saw this blog post on the Nord website: which has an interesting point of view. I was a little surprised to find that rare disease patients outnumber cancer patients by about two to one. (this is a US number, and the comparisons in the blog post relate to the US cancer/rare disease population).

The stats for cancer in the US are here:, with various stats for rare diseases on the Nord blog. I suppose that this arises because this is a comparison with~7000 rare diseases and ~200 cancers.

I like the point of view presented here - essentially that doctors ought to be more aware of the potential for rare diseases, but I can also see the other side - to me it makes more sense for doctors to know the more common stuff inside out.

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