August – Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting approximately 80 million people worldwide. Yet surprisingly public awareness of the condition is limited.

The National Psoriasis Foundation of America is attempting to improve awareness as they launch into the 2005 Psoriasis Awareness Month.

So, August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

During the month of August the Psoriasis Foundation will team up with the psoriasis public to educate the general public about the facts of psoriasis.

Special events will be held throughout the month including the National Psoriasis Foundation 2005 National Conference. During the Conference educational workshops, dynamic speakers, practical treatment advice and lunchtime table topic information will be scheduled.

Mid August will see the Foundation’s first ever Local Lobby Week. This is a new function for the foundation and is focused on educating members of Congress about Psoriasis. Hundreds of people across America are expected to visit their federal representatives and senators, educating them about psoriasis and the importance of federal funding for psoriasis research.

For more information about the National Psoriasis Foundation and the events they have planned for August visit their web site:

“Awareness is a powerful force against the painful misconceptions that surround many medical problems,” said Sen. Smith. “To the extent that we can increase the common understanding of this chronic disease, we can improve patients’ lives.”

The National Psoriasis Foundation of America is a non-profit organization focused on education, advocacy and research toward better treatments and a cure. The patient driven foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life to the more than 5 million Americans diagnosed with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

Mel Sinclair, RN

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