Incurable diseases. When was the last time you ever heard someone told you they got an incurable disease? I am guessing not at all. The reason for that is simple; the stigmatization which sufferers face are immense and the fear of being discriminated against made many sufferers of incurable diseases keep to themselves. The aim of CuraHOPE is to first provide education, and eventually find true cures for millions of people around the world.
Today, we will look at which are the top 5 incurable diseases which plague people and work towards provision of more information and content in that direction, to help generate significant momentum to push us all in a better direction. Unfortunately, due to the absence of reliable information, we can only provide a rough estimate on some of these figures.
Top 5 Incurable Diseases Ranked By The Number of Sufferers In The World Today
Cancer in all forms are mostly incurable and life threatening. There are more than 100 different types of cancers. Common therapy includes chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery. According to a Huffington Post report, more than 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year.
HIV/AIDS refers to a spectrum of conditions caused by infections when the immune system is weakened. As the disease progresses, the immune system is further weakened which exposes the sufferer to a host of illnesses which can be life threatening. According to CDC, close to 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS today.
- Diabetes Mellitus
Commonly referred to as Diabetes, this disease refers to a condition where blood glucose level in a person remains high for a prolonged period. There is no known cure for Diabetes except regular insulin injections or medication. More than 400 million people are estimated to be suffering from Diabetes.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which is characterized by abnormal social behaviour and an inability to understand what is real and what is fake. It affects a person’s ability to think rationally and normally. As reported by WHO, more than 20 million people suffer from Schizophrenia.
- Herpes Simplex Virus
Herpes Simplex Virus comes in two different forms, one known as HSV-1 and the other as HSV-2. HSV-1 usually causes cold sores around the mouth while HSV-2 will cause pimple like blisters around the genital areas. Globally, more than 3 billion people are estimated to be suffering from either HSV-1 or HSV-2 according to WHO.
These 5 diseases are just a fraction compared to the thousands of other incurable diseases and chronic conditions out there. We are barely touching the tip of the iceberg in the world of incurable diseases. It is definitely my intention to continue covering the field of medical sciences and one day, drive collective effort to help rid the world of incurable diseases and illnesses.