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Impact of MS

Nearly 1 Million Americans have MS

A landmark study estimates that the number of adults living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the United States is nearly 1 million.1 This is more than twice the previously reported number. A more accurate estimate of disease prevalence allows for a better understanding of the impact of the disease and improved strategies for addressing the needs of people living and working with MS.

MS is more prevalent in women, and in adults 45-74.a,1

  • Male
  • Female
  • 700
  • 600
  • 500
  • 400
  • 300
  • 200
  • 100
  • 0
MS Prevalence (per 100,000 people)
  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65-74
  • 75+
  • Total
Age Group

aEstimates of MS prevalence in the United States per 100,000 population derived from 2010 US Census and combined datasets from the multiple sclerosis (MS) algorithm inclusive of the following: Truven, Optum, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare, and Medicaid. For more details, click here.

MS is most prevalent in the Northeast.b,1

West 272.7 per 100,000
Midwest 353.1 per 100,000
South 272.6 per 100,000
Northeast 377.4 per 100,000

bFigures presented are calculated from an algorithm-based approach for estimating the prevalence of MS in administrative healthcare data sets from a population of 125 million individuals >18 years of age. For more details, click here.

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Concerns of people with MS

The worries of people with MS can be divided into those concerned with the physical impact of the disease and those related to the social and psychological issues. One studyc asked: “What part of MS are you most afraid of?”

Mobility/Physical Vulnerability
Social, Family Work/Daily Activities

cUK study of 39 MS Patients and 40 Healthy Controls, Factor Analysis derived from WQMS (Worry Questionnaire for Multiple Sclerosis) subscales2

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The percentage of patients without any sickness-related absence increased from 38% to 70% over the last 2 decades, while full-time sickness absence decreased from 39% to 13%.

  • 1997
  • 2013
Percentage of Patients3
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  • 10
  • 20
  • 30
  • 40
  • 50
  • 60
  • 70
  • 80
No Sickness Absence
Full-Time Sickness Absence

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References: 1. Wallin MT, et al. Neurology. 2019 Mar 5;92(10):e1029-e1040 2. Thornton EW, et al. Worries and concerns of patients with multiple sclerosis: development of an assessment scale. Multiple Sclerosis. 2006;12:196-203. 3. Wickström A, et al. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2015;1:2055217315608203.

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