What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, progressive, neurological condition.
The body’s own immune system attacks the nerves in the central nervous system.1
The range of symptoms associated with MS are vast so that each person’s experience is unique. 2
HOW COMMON IS MS?
Prevalence of MS in the UK5
MS prevalence in the UK is one of the highest in Europe.3
Most people with MS are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. It is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults.4
Over 100,000 people in the UK have MS; one in every 600 people.5
- Scotland has the highest rate with 209 people having MS per 100,0005
- Northern Ireland has 175 per 100,0005
- England has 164 per 100,0005
- Wales has 138 per 100,0005
The current observation is that prevalence increases the further north
or south of the equator.6