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National Psoriasis Foundation Marks World Psoriasis Day With Call to Support Psoriasis Legislation
Date:10/25/2007

>Psoriasis is a genetic, life-altering disease that results when faulty signals in the immune system prompt skin cells to regenerate too quickly, causing red, scaly lesions that can itch, crack and bleed. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, according to the National Institutes of Health. Ten percent to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. There is no cure yet for this lifelong disease.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation is the leading patient-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of millions of Americans with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, and their families. The Psoriasis Foundation focuses on education, advocacy and research toward better treatments and a cure. For more information, please call the National Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit http://www.psoriasis.org.

About World Psoriasis Day

World Psoriasis Day is sponsored by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), a global consortium of patient associations from all over the world, including the National Psoriasis Foundation, a founding member of IFPA. Through events such as World Psoriasis Day, IFPA works to guarantee universal access to treatments and to raise awareness and understanding of this disease.


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