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How common is benign multiple sclerosis?

It is believed that between 15 and 20 percent of those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) actually have benign MS. However, new studies have shown that many people diagnosed with benign MS actually experience a progression of the disease at a later time in their life. In fact, 20 percent of those diagnosed with benign MS end up needing a cane to assist them with walking. More research is necessary to determine why some people only experience mild symptoms while others eventually develop more severe disabilities.

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