Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system that obstructs nerve impulses in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

  • MS is more common in women – they are roughly 3 times more likely to have MS than men.
  • Most people who are diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 40 years 

What's the risk?

The lifetime risk of MS is low, with those in the general population having a 1 in 333 chance of being diagnosed with the condition.

However, the risk is higher for individuals who have an immediate family member with MS.

  • Identical twins – 1 in 5
  • Non-identical twins – 1 in 22
  • Older brother or sisters – 1 in 37
  • Parent – 1 in 66
  • Child – 1 in 48

Loss of employment is a concern for those with MS as many will reduce their hours or retire from work as symptoms worsen, leading to a decrease in annual income and an increase in out-of-pocket expenses to manage the condition.

As is the case with many chronic neurological conditions, carers of people with MS are also affected due to the provision of informal care which can often result in their own inability to work full-time or work at all.

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