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Fast facts about MS.

  • MS is a disease affecting the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
  • More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS.
  • MS is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults.
  • MS is a lifelong condition but it is not a terminal illness.
  • It is not infectious or contagious so it can’t be passed on through meeting someone with MS.
  • Everyone's MS is different so no two people will have the same range and severity of symptoms, even if they are closely related.

Who gets it

  • MS is more common in countries further north or south from the equator.
  • MS is nearly three times more common in women than men.
  • It is usually diagnosed when people are in their 20s and 30s but can be diagnosed in younger and older people.
  • MS is not inherited, but family members do have a slightly higher risk of developing MS.

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