Half a million Quebecers affected by a rare disease

About half a million people are affected by a rare disease in Quebec, according to the Montreal Clinical Research Institute.

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The figure was released Monday on the occasion of the 15and edition of the International Rare Disease Awareness Day, in an IRCM press release that invites us not to forget this category of patients.

A disease is considered rare when it affects less than one person in 2000, according to the definition put forward by the IRCM, which reports that 2.5 million Canadians are affected by these so-called orphan diseases.

The majority of people affected by these rare diseases are children, according to the Institute considered the only one in Canada “where the emphasis is on the transition from pediatric care to adult care for rare diseases”, according to the IRCM .

The IRCM’s Research Center on Rare and Genetic Diseases in Adults studies these conditions, including polycystic kidney disease and familial chylomicronemia syndrome, with a view to linking research and the clinic.



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