The Persatuan Psoriasis Malaysia (Psoriasis Association Of Malaysia) is a registered, non-profit, self-help, lay organisation of psoriasis sufferers started in 1987 to help improve the life of people with psoriasis and their families. It is funded by public donations, membership dues and grants from friends in the pharmaceutical industry and is served by a few Medical Advisors who are practicing dermatologist from the Dermatological Society of Malaysia.
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune mediated disease which symptoms are seen visibly on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.
Individuals with psoriasis are at an elevated risk to develop other chronic and serious health conditions also known as “comorbidities.” It is estimated that up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. People with psoriatic diseases also are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and depression.
125 million people worldwide—2 to 3 percent of the total population—have psoriasis, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium. Studies show that between 10 and 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. (Source: http://www.psoriasis.org/learn_statistics)
Given that the population of Malaysia is 28,250,400 (Source: Population, Household and Living Quarters (2010), Department of Statistics, Malaysia.) – it is estimated that 500,000 to 800,000 Malaysians are afflicted with Psoriasis.
The association is managed by volunteers. Should you have be a psoriasis patient or caregiver with time or talent to offer, please contact us.
a) Website: http://www.psoriasismalaysia.org
b) Email Updates From The Association : http://bit.ly/UdSr5Y
c) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psoriasismalaysia
d) Twitter: @psoriasisMY
e) Join us on The Psoriasis Malaysia Forum for non-facebook users. Click Here
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