Initiative Urges Public to
PsA is a painful and debilitating chronic condition that affects up to 1 million Americans, but this number may be higher given the disease is often misdiagnosed and underreported. In fact, the prevalence of PsA is higher than the number of people living with more well-known, serious conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) combined. PsA may impact patients' mobility in their daily lives; at the most basic level, some are unable to walk easily or climb stairs.
"People living with PsA often share that, in addition to their physical
symptoms, they feel isolated and alone. This is often because PsA
impacts people who don't yet have peers facing serious or long-lasting
health conditions - so they do not know who to turn to for support."
The Be Counted! campaign aims to reinforce that PsA is a disease people should understand because of its significant prevalence and the distinct way it impacts the body and those living with it. Insights from PsA patients, advocates, and rheumatologists show the profound impact of living with a misunderstood disease and the importance of community, treatment, and disease management. People are encouraged to show their support by viewing the videos at PsACounts.com and sharing on their social channels, leveraging the power of their online network to increase awareness of PsA. The site also features a map demonstrating how awareness is increasing across the country by counting video views.
"There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, and that's why it's so
important for those connected to the disease - including advocacy
groups, healthcare providers, and patients - and the general public to
work together to create an environment that supports the PsA community
and helps them to manage their disease," said
"There are treatments to help manage symptoms of PsA. People with PsA
should speak with their doctor about their condition," said Renae R., a
psoriatic arthritis patient. "However, I continue to struggle with
others' misperceptions of the disease. I am so excited that
"Celgene believes that addressing the needs of people living with PsA
requires patients to have not only access to different treatment
options, but also a better understanding of the disease and its impact,"
To learn more about the campaign and to spread the word about PsA, visit PsACounts.com.
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