Over 6000 rare diseases are characterised by a broad diversity of disorders and symptoms that vary not only from disease to disease but also from patient to patient suffering from the same disease.
72% of the diseases are genetic and almost 1 out of 5 cancers is rare.
Relatively common symptoms can hide underlying rare diseases leading to misdiagnosis and delaying treatment.
Quintessentially disabling, the patients quality of life is affected by the lack or loss of autonomy due to the chronic, progressive, degenerative, and frequently life-threatening aspects of the disease.
The fact that there are often no existing effective cures adds to the high level of pain and suffering endured by patients and their families.