World Psoriasis Day 2016
Did you know over 125 million people around the world endure the symptoms of psoriasis?
In Australia alone, around 450,000 people have to tolerate pain from cracking and bleeding skin, embarrassment from continually shedding scales of skin, and disappointment over failed treatments and the lack of a cure.
Despite this huge number of men, women, children and babies suffering from the condition, psoriasis is still regarded by many as a trivial matter - a minor skin condition that requires little understanding or sympathy.
World Psoriasis Day aims to put an end to the generally unsympathetic attitude towards psoriasis. World Psoriasis Day is a truly global event that sets out to:
- Raise awareness: to let people with psoriasis know that they are not alone and to raise the profile of this often devastating skin condition and the misery it can cause. To dispel myths about the condition, such as the mistaken and harmful view that psoriasis is contagious.
- Improve access to treatment: to encourage healthcare systems, governments, physicians, carers and all those responsible for psoriasis care to allow psoriasis patients access to optimum therapy. For too long, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have been low priority. They are debilitating skin diseases and must move up the healthcare agenda.
- Increase understanding: to provide information to those who are affected by the condition as well as the general public in order to educate people about the condition, so that they can disucss it more openly and confidently.
- Build unity among the psoriasis community: to provide a platform from which patient voices from around the world can speak as one and be heard by key decision makers.
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc aims to improve access to treatment for psoriasis patients, which can be achieved through increased public awareness of the condition.
In the lead up to World Psoriasis Day (Saturday 29 October), the Foundation will be publishing articles, videos, and patient stories and interviews.
Learn about the Psoriasis Patient Information Evening, to be held at the Foundation on Tuesday 25 October.