World Psoriasis Day – October 29, 2018
Approximately 125 million people worldwide live with psoriasis, with nearly 30% developing psoriatic arthritis. In Canada, it is estimated that more than 1 million people have the condition, for which there is no cure.
Despite its prevalence among adults, youth and children, psoriasis is often not regarded as a “serious” issue. Some view psoriasis as a minor skin condition undeserving of deeper understanding or compassion. In fact, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are non-communicable conditions of the immune system that can be debilitating and disfiguring and can take a serious toll on all aspects of a person’s health and quality of life.
World Psoriasis Day celebrates its 14th anniversary this year. The aim of this annual event is to assure people with this condition that they are not alone, but part of a group of motivated individuals with access to a platform for real change.
Psoriasis is not only a skin condition; there are direct links between psoriasis and other non-communicable conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease. Moreover, people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may experience isolation and face discrimination; they can face barriers to relationships, employment, education, and other social challenges.
To address the potential magnitude of psoriasis’ impact on physical and mental health, and to improve the quality of life for those struggling with this condition, better access to treatments and supports is critical.
Recognizing the needs of people with psoriasis, dispelling myths, and creating awareness and understanding are also crucial steps in challenging stigma and helping to improve the lives of people living with this condition.
The message for World Psoriasis Day is one of inclusion. People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may face challenges but together, by dispelling myths and increasing understanding of these conditions, we can make it easier for people living with psoriasis to live their best lives, and not miss out because of their health conditions.
World Psoriasis Day was October 29 2018.