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Psoriasis is a condition that is suffered by many millions of people all
over the world, with various developed countries reporting incidence
rates that are remarkably similar.
For instance, in the USA, the reported rate of severe psoriasis is
somewhere between 2% and 3% of the population, whilst in Australia,
the condition affects around 2% of the population as well.
Furthermore, it is suggested in some quarters that up to 20% of the
population of the USA may have some form of psoriasis ranging from
the very mild to severe, and that perhaps as many as 4.5 million people
could be serious psoriasis sufferers.
On top of this, it is reported that there are 150,000 new cases of
psoriasis reported every year in the USA alone, so if it is assumed that
psoriasis is as prevalent in other countries as it is in the States, it
clearly represents a significant problem on a global scale.
For psoriasis sufferers, there is something of a `good news, bad news’
paradox with which most of these people have undoubtedly already
learned to live.
The good news is that, on the one hand, psoriasis is not a condition that
is life threatening (although it has been suggested that the condition
increases the risk of heart attack). Balanced against this however is the