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Prevalence and Incidence of Thalassemia

Prevalance of Thalassemia:

1,000 people with Cooley's anemia (NHLBI) ... see also overview of Thalassemia.

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 272,000 or 0.00% or 1,000 people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "1,000 people with Cooley's anemia (NHLBI)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Thalassemia: Rare Disease

Thalassemia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Thalassemia, or a subtype of Thalassemia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.

More Statistics about Thalassemia:

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    About prevalence and incidence statistics:

    The term 'prevalence' of Thalassemia usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Thalassemia at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Thalassemia refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Thalassemia diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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