The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) declared October 29th World Psoriasis Day in Canada. This day was started internationally 10 years ago as a series of events worldwide by psoriasis patients, for psoriasis patients. This year it is growing, on the heels of a World Health Organization (WHO) resolution encouraging Member States to raise awareness about the disease and to advocate against the stigma experienced by so many people who suffer from it.
Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system where up to 30% of sufferers develop psoriatic arthritis. Over 1 million Canadians have psoriasis. Many patients endure social and work-related stigma and discrimination. Those with severe psoriasis are at elevated risk for comorbidities like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s disease, heart attack, ulcerative colitis, metabolic syndrome, stroke and liver disease.
Learn what others are doing around the globe at www.worldpsoriasisday.com.