How common is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) occurs in about 0.001 percent of the human population. A tenth of these cases are genetic; if your parent has ALS, you have a chance of getting it as well. ALS occurs most often to people between the ages of 40 and 70. The causes of the disease are mostly unknown.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an extremely rare disease, with about two out of every 100,000 people affected by the disease, according to the ALS Association. An estimated 5,600 people are diagnosed with the disease annually across the United States. Between 20,000 and 30,000 live with it at any given time.

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