A local group of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
RA Awareness Week 24 -
If you visited Clifton Hospital, Lytham St. Anne’s on Wednesday 26 June, you can’t have failed to notice the friendly faces belonging to members of the Blackpool and District group of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society who held an information stand to raise awareness of an incurable disease that affects 1% of the UK population, three quarters of whom are women.
The information stand was held to coincide with Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week (24th to 30th June), a week dedicated to raising awareness of a disease that affects an estimated 690,000 people across the UK. Often thought of as an ‘old person’s disease’, onset of RA most commonly occurs between 40 and 60 years of age when people are in the prime of their working life or with a young family.
“It was extremely encouraging to have so many people approach us to find out more about RA. It was interesting to hear all the misconceptions that people had about the disease and gratifying that we were able to educate people.
Being more aware, particularly knowing the symptoms, is vital to ensuring early diagnosis and therefore a better chance of a better outcome” said Lyn Wilson, local Group Coordinator.