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Arthritis expected to increase in Canada

By KJ Mullins     Jul 19, 2010 in Health
The Arthritis Society warns that the social and economic costs of arthritis is likely to explode in the coming years following the release of a report released by the Public Health Agency of Canada today.
According to the report, Life with Arthritis in Canada, that documents the latest trends and data concerning the condition among Canadians over the age of 15 $6.4 billion is spent every year in health-care expenses and lost work days with long-term disability accounting for two-thirds of the cost.
More than four million Canadians over the age of 15 report that they had arthritis in 2007-2008. Three out of five sufferers are under the age of 65.
Arthritis is the second and third most common chronic condition reported by women and men. Six per cent of all stays in the hospital are from arthritis.
"The devastating impact of arthritis on Canadian society has gone unnoticed in the public arena for too long," said Steven McNair, President and CEO of The Arthritis Society in a press release. "This report confirms that arthritis is becoming a major health challenge for Canada, as more people consume more health-care resources to manage their pain and disability. This means we need to step up our efforts to find better treatments and a cure."
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