An estimated 100,000 Canadians have multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it affects children, some as young as two years old. The impact is felt by family, friends and by the community. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is here to help. No one needs to face MS alone. In communities across Canada, our volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and better treatments. Their ultimate goal is the cure for MS.
Did you know ...
Canadians have one of
the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world.
MS is the most common
neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.
Every day, three more
people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.
Women are more than three times as likely to develop
MS as men.
MS can cause loss of balance,
impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis.
MS was first identified
and described by a French neurologist, Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot,
We don't know what causes
MS but researchers are closer to finding the answer.