The Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org) states the following:
- As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease
- Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, not reflecting the thousands of cases that go undetected.
- More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease.
- Incidence of Parkinsonís increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before the age of 50.
- Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson's than women.
- The combined direct and indirect cost of Parkinsonís, including treatment, social security payments and lost income from inability to work, is estimated to be nearly $25 billion per year in the United States alone.
- Medication costs for an individual person with PD average $2,500 a year, and therapeutic surgery can cost up to $100,000 dollars per patient.
Projected number of people with Parkinson disease in the most populous nations, 2005 through 2030
TDorsey, ER et al, ďProjected number of people with Parkinson disease in the most populous nations, 2005 through 2030Ē, Neurology, 2007, 68 (5), p 384.