Of 10,000 Diseases Only About 500 Are Treatable Now2022-08-01T16:20:19+00:00

There are more than 10,000 diseases…

Only about 500 diseases are treatable.

  • Orphanet database documents 9,235 “orphan diseases” (rare diseases affecting less than 6 in 10,000)
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) Gene Map Statistics. OMIM Morbid Map Scorecard (updated July 11th 2022)
    • Total number of phenotypes for which the molecular basis is known: 7,203
    • Total number of genes with phenotype-causing mutation: 4,656
  • The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) has nearly 70,000 codes (an upper-bound disease estimate)
  • Of 30,000 known diseases about 6,000–7,000 are defined as rare diseases, also commonly known as orphan diseases [1]. Within the European Union (EU), rare diseases are specified as indications with a prevalence of less than 5 out of 10,000 [2]. – source: The European Journal of Health Economics
  • FDA has approved about 552 orphan drugs. [1983-2015]” FDA law blog
  • Every cancer is a unique, personal disease. “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020, or nearly one in six deaths.” (WHO)
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